The only thing I could tell someone is PREVENTION.
Watch who you date, who you sleep with. Really. I know it's easier said than done, but that's the only way you can prevent being beaten to death by the crazy ex boyfriend. Besides, if crazy ex thinks you know karate he'll come after you armed or with some back up. I saw some women when I was single that I thought looked good but were Trouble.
No one should walk along the road alone either. Not in an area with low traffic. There was a grissly murder in my hometown decades ago where they found a young boy mutilated on the side of the road. I remember I had a close call when I was a teenager--some weirdo tried to pull up in a truck and ask for directions. Instinct told me to keep stepping backwards as I yelled "I don't know. Then he tried to drive a little towards me and I backed up more. Then he opened the door with this weird predatory look on his face and I reached down and threw a couple of rocks at him. Mind you, I COMPLETELY FORGOT that I had a stick in my hand and all of my TKD training! When he covered up I BOLTED. Didn't know I could run that fast! That cured me of walking alone during times of low traffic!
Another story that shows how dumb the law is:
An old friend of the family (and father figure to me and many other men when we were young, rest his soul, he was a good man) nearly got arrested when he was alive. Picture this: a 60 year old man carrying groceries gets assaulted by three teenagers. He takes out a razor and cuts them, YES, all three of them before they run off. Guess who the cops want to arrest for carrying a concealed weapon? Mind you the only reason he didn't go to jail was because another cop showed up and shamed the officer into letting him go. This was a guy who was a war veteran. So it's okay for him to spend a good chunk of his youth fighting for this country (and at a time where black people had it tough in the military) yet when he's old he's not supposed to defend himself against three idiots, whom he later found out had records a mile long.
What sense does it all make? NONE.
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