How scared should we be?
Walking home from the shops in the dark the other evening it occurred to me: how much should we change our behaviour for fear of the action of others?
This particular evening I had been followed down the road to Costcutters by two teenage boys who had tried to talk to me but I had ignored. In this case I wasn't too worried as I'm sure I could have done both of them a fair amount of damage as they can't have been more than 15.
I am always aware when walking on my own of any potential threats from the people around me: I know of people who've been mugged not very far from where I live. I personally wouldn't let concerns like this change my behaviour (not that I really have a choice as I have to walk back from the bus stop in the dark every night), but I'm sure there are women who don't go out alone for fear of this.
But would I feel differently if I or a close friend was attacked? And should we change our behaviour in response to a possible but relatively unlikely risk?