Children and adults alike need to know they can reach out, how can we as neighbors teach our family, friends and others to protect themselves if they are attacked? If some of you do not believe in carrying a defense weapon (especially children) such as pepper spray, stun guns etc, there are alternatives such as travel hairspray, or travel spray deodorant, also a great tool to have if your not interested in arming yourself or a child with chemicals, is a police whistle its effective in deterring an attacker at least to give time for someone to get away.
Caution as in where you walk I have a suggestion and this is something I use to do when I had to walk home at night by myself from work, I always walked in the wealthier part of the neighborhoods my reason was this it was quiet, Doctor's, a Judge, Lawyers etc. Trust me I lived in a lower income neighborhood and if you screamed there nobody paid attention because people were always screaming and fighting lol.
If someone were to attack you in a wealthier type of neighborhood a police whistle or a loud scream or if you pick up a rock and throw it through the nearest window that's lit then you have better odds that someone will call the police, which is the objective. I hope others will also add to this blog and give ideas on how to better protect ourselves and how to be more alert when out and about. Not everything is 100% but the more ideas we have the better off we may be.