Alison Hammond says she 'pretends to walk like a man’
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This Morning’s Alison Hammond spoke candidly about how she manages to protect herself while out alone. During today’s edition of the magazine show, she told co-host Rochelle Humes, broadcasters Gyles Brandreth and Elizabeth Day about self-defence technique.
It happened after the group began discussing data issued by the Office for National Statistics on women and safety.
The figures showed that nearly half of females feel unsafe walking alone at night.
A similar number of women felt unsafe while walking alone in busy public places after dark.
Speaking from her own experience, Alison confessed that “even though I’m a big girl” she feels unsafe.
To her co-host’s remarks, Rochelle added: “But that’s nothing to do with it!”
Alison added: “No but seriously, the fact that I’ve got my hood on, sometimes I pretend to walk like a man.
“I know it sounds crazy, but in protection mode, if I feel threatened in any way, I put my hood up, if I’ve got a hoodie, and I will start walking like a bloke, so that I can protect myself.”
Striking a more humorous note, Alison explained what she would do “if someone did try and kidnap me”.
She added: “I’d go into, what’s the word, literally deadweight.
“I’d be like, ‘Try and kidnap this.’”
The co-hosts and their guests then burst into laughter simultaneously.
However, Gyles went on to stress that they were discussing “such a serious issue”.
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Viewers empathised with Alison as they shared on Twitter their personal experiences and ways of trying to stay safe.
One viewer tweeted: “It’s not changed.
“When l walked home by myself when a teenager used to take heels off and carry my keys in my hand.”(sic)
Another person added: “Women need to project and protect their confidence.
“Confidence can often act as a shield against unwanted attention than looking vulnerable or weak and attracting unwelcome behaviour.”
A third chimed in: “I think it’s a very sad reflection on society that anyone should feel like this.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Really believe this should be higher.
“I wouldn’t go out alone at night and I stay in a smaller town not a city.”
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