2) Circumstances vary in their likelihood to provoke violence.
3) It's common sense to reduce your exposure to the wrong kinds of men in the wrong kinds of circumstances.
Pretty simple. And that's what Stephen A. Smith is saying here:
"What I’ve tried to employ the female members of my family — some of who you all met and talked to and what have you — is that ... let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions, because if I come — or somebody else come, whether it’s law enforcement officials, your brother or the fellas that you know — if we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you."
ESPN, The World Wide Leader in Political Correctness, suspended Smith to silence the ratcheting chorus of shrieking feminazi's, too stupid to separate ought from is.