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Why Women Shouldn't Worry About Hiking Alone

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You're actually a lot LESS likely to be assaulted while hiking than in ordinary life. But also, even solo backpacking -- not necessarily a good idea from an injury standpoint -- turns out to be safer for women than men possibly because we take fewer life-threatening risks.

I believe both those things (fewer assaults than ordinary life and women take fewer big risks).

Good to find an article that backs both those up.

cool!  plus, hiking makes us feel like wild animals, which brings out our safety instincts to aid in leaping large boulders, scaling rock walls and escaping rapists!

i think bars might be the most dangerous place for solo women.

I think you're right. 

Regarding bars, I think alcohol is far more dangerous than we've been conditioned to believe. 

I like your point about safety instincts. A good reason to spend more time outdoors!

Sad to say, I think the home is by far the most dangerous place for women :( The article pointed out that 82% of rapes are committed by someone the woman already knows. One-third of murdered women are killed by intimate partners. And domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women -- more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

well, that's just the data.

and it makes about as much sense as saying the womb is the most dangerous place for a baby.

the truth is, the home is where most of us spend most of our time, so there's that skew.  and domestic violence happens repeatedly, so there's that skew.  but as a woman who has had to fend for herself in dangerous situations, i assure you that of all the places that feel dangerous to a lone woman—a long hiking trail, a dark city street, a near-empty subway station—a bar full of drunk men is way up there!  :(

Word. Great perspective.

word.  :)

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