Anywhere can be dangerous.
Even the ones who may not look like they would harm you can and often will.
I'm sharing this information for others that may be wondering what they can do to prevent this in the future. Blaming the victim helps no one. There are times that one may have to leave their house at 2 in the morning because I know I have. We have the right to move freely regardless.
Attacks can happen at noon, broad daylight so TIME has NOTHING to do with anything..NOR THE PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD YOU'RE IN.
USE your own judgment.
Sometimes taking many precautions won't always stop an attack.
Here are the three elements that happen before an attack takes place.
1. Identify--they size you up and decide whether or not it will be worth it to attack you.
2. The Approach--They make comments to you. Ask you for the time, change, etc.
3. Striking Distance-- They make a move to get to a point where the assault can happen. This is the stage you want to prevent at all costs. At the first two stages is where you want to shut a confrontation down. Do whatever is necessary to prevent an attack. NICENESS is not helpful in this situation.
4. The Attack--Self explanatory
You don't have to be a martial arts queen to fend off an attack. Use everything you can to fight someone off. My aunt urinated on herself and it prevented a sexual assault once. Scream or act like you're out of your mind.
Personally I carry a .380 Smith and Wesson with laser sight and I'm trained to use it. It helped ward off an attack I had once in a grocery store.
Source: The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker is an excellent book.
thecorneredcat.com for those women who are interested in defending themselves using a firearm
Fight Like A Girl And Win: Defense Decisions for Women--by Lori Hartman Gervasi
for those that are interested in alternative ways to defend themselves. It's very helpful