The only time (knock wood) a stranger ever attacked me has been on this forum. It doesn't happen in person. Though, being gay and without having raised children of my own, I've concern for elder abuse in my much later years should I wind up in a stateside nursing home; but I have never before feared being physically abused in person. To the cowardly schmucks who attack me online--and, by the way, also the sniveling cowards who take no measure to stop attackers but instead criticize me when I post notifications of abuses--you mean nothing to me. Go group fuck yourselves.
(There are better people by far on this forum than the type who would hide his identity in an email while trying to tell me to stop posting notice about my attacker who is only attacking me because after trying to woo me he revealed what a douche he is so now he is being vindictive because I reject him. Gee, why wouldn't I want to date an anti-Semite? I can't figure that one out.)
Though I spent a lot of my time boating the Hudson, Long Island Sound, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Florida, I haven't exactly always been in such safe surrounds. Back in the fun 70s & 80s my best bud and I used to party not frequently but fairly regularly in Harlem where a guy in a window kept his gun trained on us as we headed from and to the car to make sure no one fucked with us. Never gave it a fearing thought. We never encountered trouble there; nor did we ever experience any trouble welcoming aboard total strangers who we'd pick up at random along the Intracoastal to share with them a day or a weekend of boating and bedding fun.
Sure there are douchebags in the world and what seems like more than a proportional share online. But theirs are just words of hollow hearts and tormented minds trapped in delusion.
The best tool to protect yourself is simply finding the courage to face yourself. There is no enemy more fierce.https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=odds+of+being+attacked+in+new+york