Spencer Barbosa, an 18-year-old, shared tips that went viral online garnering more than 3 million views.
The onus of women's safety should be on men. It is their behavior that needs to be discouraged, shamed, and policed. The stark reality for gender and sexual minorities is that they are constantly targeted and attacked. A YouGov poll revealed that 86 percent of women aged between 18 and 24 have been the victim of sexual harassment, reported The Guardian. Spencer Barbosa, an 18-year-old TikTok-er from Canada shared a video on safety tips that one can incorporate into their personal lives and many could relate to the thinking and thanked her for the ideas. She's a content creator, entrepreneur, and an actress, reports Bored Panda. She has more than 3.5 million followers on the platform and garnered more than 121 million likes.
Three videos of Barbosa's video have viewed more been more than 1 million times and are going viral on the platform. Her videos have mainly aimed at women but could be useful to everyone. She often posts videos on life hacks and shares motivational content. Her tips on personal safety have been trending on TikTok. Spencer Barbosa said small actions in your daily life such as not wearing your hair in a ponytail while jogging can save you from an attack. The idea behind the thought process, she said, is that people will be to hold your ponytail and drag you, making it easier to attack or abduct you.
She listed more than 10 tips across three videos and many agreed with her. One of the key tips the 18-year-old shared is to not be kind when you're in potential danger. If you're feeling threatened or attacked, draw maximum attention to yourself by whatever means possible. Be it screaming, barking, or even biting. She urges her followers to turn "possessed" and draw from their inner crazy to scare the attacker and draw the attention of those in the vicinity. She also claimed that the elevator was the safer option at night as opposed to taking the stairwell. She also advised against sharing too much information on social media, especially with regards to your location and who all live with you as it could make a potential target.