My heart breaks every time I hear another story about someone, typically a teen boy or young man, who was killed because he argued instead of leaving a potentially dangerous situation. Not all such tragedies can be prevented, but preparing young people to use target denial can keep them safe most of the time.
Target denial means denying a potential attacker access to you, physically or emotionally. Another definition is, “Don’t be there!” Skills include:
– Planning ahead
– Using your awareness
– Leaving in a powerful, respectful way
– Getting help