I was scrolling through TikTok the other night when I ran across this video that was super distressing to me. It's a young woman who is being followed and harassed by a man who just won't leave her alone. Watch the video and then I'll tell you why what she did didn't work.

A couple of things:

1. Never engage the fool who is acting like this - As long as he is making you answer his questions he's going to think he's having a conversation with you and that's what he wants. Don't answer his questions. Any of them. Get to someplace safe as fast as possible.

2. Don't record him - At least not like the girl in the video. She was probably trying to embarrass him but guys like this don't get embarrassed. A camera isn't going to stop him it will only encourage him.

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3. Say the right thing - Never argue with a man who is harassing you or scream at him. You'll be mistaken for a couple who is fighting and people might not respond because they won't want to get between a couple who is arguing. You need to say "I don't know this man. I need help."

The last tip is also a good thing to teach your children. If they scream people will think they are throwing a fit, not that they are in danger. "I don't know this person," is what you need to teach your kids to yell at the top of their lungs.

As with any situation you have to gauge what you think will work for you at that moment. Just remember that you want to do everything you can to get to somewhere safe where you can get help. There is nothing scarier than being harassed like this so keep your cool and concentrate on your safety.

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