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[–] prairie 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Anytime anything seems off, you should always feel okay backing out, e.g. in the elevator, or a car behind you seems like it's following, etc. There's lots of conditioned conformance to politeness and not appearing odd that gets in the way of acting on gut feelings to stay safe.

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[–] EvilSeagull 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You're right about the conditioned conformance to politeness, that probably seals the fate of a lot of victims. What sucks is having to pay such close attention to what shouldn't be an issue. Time was when we just had to worry about the creepy guy down the street, now there's so many creepy people you have to always be on alert.

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[–] prairie 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It changes the dynamic of being outside the house to one of constant vigilance and wariness. Nowadays I use a dashcam, helmet cam, camera when crossing at lights, and voice recorder when interacting with people.