It's honestly a shame that I have to write this MyTake. Guys should know when, where, and how it's appropriate to hit on a girl, as well as recognize the signs that a girl does not want to be hit on (i.e. one-word answers, no eye contact, no flirting back). Girls shouldn't have to fear being assaulted or raped while walking alone at night.
But unfortunately, chivalry is dead and what's ideal isn't reality. Here's some tips for keeping yourself safe at night.
To avoid/escape a situation where you're being hit on...
1. Bring a guy friend (or boyfriend) or a large dog along with you.
Before my guy friend moved, I'd ask him to come with me if I had to walk somewhere at night. Creeps usually won't wander up to girls if they're with a guy. As for large dogs...well, my 90 pound dog isn't afraid to growl at people he sees as a threat to me. And let's be honest, no creeps are going to come near a girl if they're walking a large dog that looks like he could bite their hand off.
2. Walk in a group.
This is similar to the first point, but this time I'm talking about walking in a group of girls. This should really only be done if no guys are available, but being with two to three other girls usually works to deter creepy guys...unless you get one that hits on all of you, but that's not common.
3. Talk on the phone (even if you have to pretend).
I've used this method before, too. One time, I was at a city bus stop in the dark and a creepy guy decided to try to flirt with me. I took my phone, pretended to answer it, and pretended to have a conversation until the bus came.
4. Keep moving.
The other night, a drunk guy said to me, "Hey baby, your hair is beautiful." I walked as fast as I could to my door. If you pretend you don't hear creepy guys and keep just moving, they might not bother you further. Of course, if this doesn't work, try talking on the phone.
5. Listen to music.
The rule of thumb is that when someone had headphones in, you don't talk to them. This doesn't work as well for me as talking on the phone does, but it does minimize problems.
6. "I have a boyfriend."
I've used this one, too. If a creep tries to flirt with you, either say, "I have a boyfriend," or, "My boyfriend wouldn't like that." If they persist, say you're going to call your boyfriend. You could call either your actual boyfriend (if you have one), a guy friend, or even your dad and tell them what's happening. The fact that you actually called another guy will deter the creepy guys, as they'll realize that they have competition.
If a guy tries to touch/attack you...
1. Pepper spray.
This will sting his eyes long enough for you to escape and call the cops.
2. Kick him where it hurts.
Chances are, he's going to grab your arms and even try to cover your mouth (if he's trying to rape you). Assuming your legs are free, kick him where it hurts, and kick him hard. He'll 1) be too sore to even want to rape you, and 2) be too disoriented to keep a grip on you.
3. Scream and call 911.
If you EVER feel physically threatened by a guy, scream or yell. Touching a girl and making her uncomfortable is NEVER okay, and don't be afraid to cause a scene about it. Call 911, especially if he begs you not to.
If you see another girl in a bad situation...
Go up to her, pretend to know her, and tell her you want to go grab dinner or have a girl's night. Walk away with her. (Guys, you can do this too, but be warned that even if you have good intentions, she might still be a bit wary considering her current situation. But some girls are able to recognize a genuinely good guy.)
2. Call 911.
Once, I saw a guy chasing after a girl and I called the cops. I didn't know the full situation, but it's better to be safe than sorry.