Although in an ideal world, women shouldn't have to constantly look over their shoulders and come up with lies to protect themselves, our reality is far from ideal and therefore, these videos are a good source of self-protection tips.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on May 15, 2021. It has since been updated.
Cathy Pedrayes takes her role as "TikTok's Mom Friend" very seriously. With more than 1.6 million followers on the popular social media platform and 111,000 followers on Instagram, the content creator has carved a niche for herself by posting smart and useful tips and tricks that can come in handy in people's day-to-day lives. Dressed in an electric blue dress and string of pearls, Pedrayes alerts her followers about several scenarios where seemingly normal things we do might actually be putting us in danger. One particularly informative series named "Situations When It's Best To Lie" has emerged as popular online where Pedrayes addresses a range of situations when it's better for women to lie or omit the truth when dealing with strangers.
Although in an ideal world, women shouldn't have to constantly look over their shoulders and come up with lies to protect themselves, our reality is far from ideal and therefore, Pedrayes' videos are a good source of self-protection tips. The "Situations When It's Best To Lie" series covers several real-life situations including when you're alone at home, traveling in an unfamiliar location, or when you simply want to avoid a conversation you never asked for.
One helpful tip to always keep in mind? Never let a stranger know that you are alone. If asked, always make up a friend or a loved one in the vicinity on their way to meet you. "You're never alone! You're just surrounded by so many people! All the time. ALL the time," Pedrayes emphasizes in one video.