When Alison Hammond feels intimidated on the streets, she admits to walking “like a bloke.”
ALISON HAMMOND has discussed her anxiety of walking alone in the streets and how she shields herself when she feels “threatened.”
Alison Hammond of This Morning opened up on how she protects herself while she’s out alone. She discussed self-defense techniques with co-host Rochelle Humes, broadcasters Gyles Brandreth and Elizabeth Day on today’s edition of the magazine show.
It happened after the group began reviewing data on women and safety released by the Office for National Statistics.
According to the data, about half of ladies fear going alone at night.
A similar number of women felt frightened traveling alone after dark in crowded public settings.
Alison admitted that she felt unsafe “even though I’m a big girl,” based on her own experience.
Rochelle responded to her co-remark, host’s “But it has nothing to do with it!”
“No, but actually, because I’m wearing a hood, I sometimes pretend to walk like a man,” Alison continued.
“I know it seems ridiculous, but when I’m in protective mode, if I feel threatened in any way, I put my hood up, if I have one, and I start walking like a bloke to defend myself.”
Alison ended on a lighter note by describing what she would do “if someone tried to kidnap me.”
“I’d sink into, what do you call it, literally deadweight,” she added.
“I’d say, ‘Try kidnapping this.'”
The co-hosts and their guests both bust out laughing at the same time.
Gyles went on to say that they were talking about “such an important issue.”
Viewers empathized with Alison as they offered their own personal experiences and strategies for being safe on Twitter.
“It hasn’t changed,” one viewer tweeted.
“When I was a teenager, I used to take off my heels and hold my keys in my hand when I walked home alone.”
“Women must portray and protect their confidence,” another person observed.
“Rather of appearing vulnerable or weak and attracting undesirable behavior, confidence can frequently act as a screen against unwanted attention.”
“I believe it’s a pretty terrible reflection on society that anyone should feel like this,” said a third.
“Really believe this should be higher,” another Twitter user remarked.
“I wouldn’t go out alone at night, and I don’t live in a big city.”