Stop Screaming and Start Shouting: You Need To Shout When You're In Trouble

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Learning the difference between screaming and shouting could save your life!

SO What's The Difference Between A Scream And A Shout?

To "scream" as defined by Merriam-Webster is: "to voice a sudden sharp loud cry" or "to produce harsh high tones," whereas, to "shout" is, "to utter a sudden loud cry" and "to command attention."

Colloquially we tend to use these words interchangeably, which isn't strange since they are clearly very similar by definition. However, for our purposes here, and in the context of an attack scenario, they are going to mean two very different things.

For example, I would probably use a scream over a shout to convey something non-verbal, like when you're on a roller coaster and you "scream," because of the adrenaline rush.

Shouting, however, can command attention in an attack situation and should be considered preferable since it has more intentional power behind it. A shout is deeper and doesn't involve the "high tones," screams have.

Furthermore, screams may be unrecognizable to anyone who might be in ear shot to help, because screams are often used in other non attack situations as well.

So, use your loud and deeper voice to SHOUT for help, rather than SCREAM, this way, when you're in real trouble, you can draw the right attention to get the help you need!

And If Shouting Doesn't Work:


Do not hesitate to draw as much attention to yourself as possible when around any other person than the follower. Make people look at you to see what is going on. Your attacker does not want to be seen, let alone get caught!

If All Else Fails? -- Claw, Kick, Bite, Don't Give In ...

New studies are proving all the time that being compliant with an attacker is not the way to go. More often than not, once an attacker gets you into their vehicle or away from the original location of attack, you are 10 times more likely to not be coming out of the situation alive!

When attacked, use your common sense, quick wits and a few good tried and true methods as outlined here. The sooner you react in a self-protective manner, the better.

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