Defense Against Crime

28/10/2009

How to Prevent an Assault (or reduce your chances)

k0753024Here are some facts every parent of a college age person should know.
  • At least 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a sexual assault during her academic career. Hirsch,
  • At least 80% of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the victim.
  • 48.8% of college women who were victims of attacks that met the study’s definition of rape did not consider what happened to them rape.
  • More than 70% of rape victims knew their attackers, compared to about half of all violent crime victims.
  • One out of eight women will be raped while in college.
  • 57% of rapes occur on a date.
  • 75% of male students and 55% of female students involved in date rape had been drinking or using drugs.
  • The physical and psychological effects of sexual assault can be devastating, and college students who are sexually assaulted may face impediments to academic and personal success.

These are the reported figures. There is much data suggesting that most rapes go unreported. One study showed that only 5 % of victims of rape or attempted rape report it to college police.

 EVERY adult female is a potential target of these assailants. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and some one is raped every 6 minutes. Most sexual assaults can be avoided

by using some common sense and being armed with knowledge of what to avoid and armed with some non-lethal personal protection products.

 Let’s look at some things you should know to help prevent an assault:

 Be aware of your surroundings

Observe all things around and be aware of your surroundings including potential hiding places, people following you, etc. If confronted by an assailant look him straight in the eye so he knows for sure that you will remember what he looks like in a police lineup. Sometime divert them by asking them what time is it.

 Make Loud Noise

There are two things about a Noise. One it attracts the attention of others. Second, it deters assailants. They want an easy target not someone who is going to resist. It is also show that you are more likely to draw attention by yelling “FIRE” than by yelling “Help” You may also consider getting a Personal Alarm device.

What’s in your hand?

Moses: “What’s in your hand?” (Exodus 4:1-20) If you are carrying a personal protection stungunproduct, have it ready. Sometimes the sound of a discharging stun gun is enough to frighten them off. You may try showing your device and yelling. Try something

like “back off” If you’re carrying a fire arm, a warning shot is sometimes enough.

 Empty Handed..may be not

Learn where some key points for pain are and how to inflict as much pain as you can quickly. sdThere are lots of web sites and places that teach self defense courses for women. LEARN SOME. Eye gouges, pinch, or bite under the arm or the upper inner thigh, or the groin areas are all sensitive and subject o maximum amounts of pain. A sharp blow across the bridge of an assailant’s nose will stop him dead in his tracks. You want just enough time to escape. Consider using your elbow if you can-it is the strongest point on your body.

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Learn where to strike

LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE

Call it intuition, a hunch, sixth sense, gut feeling, notion, an angel, God, strange feelings or your inner voice, but learn to listen and learn to respond to your “other sense” in women’s self defense. If something doesn’t feel right then go with your feelings. It is a question of whether you want to be safe or sorry. Always trust those INSTINCTS.

 Be Prepared

Always carry some non-lethal self-defense weapons. A stun gun, taser, pepper spray, a telescopic baton are good examples. Each if used will afford you enough time to escape and get help.

These tips can help you prevent an assault on yourself or any woman you know. Used wisely they may save a life-maybe yours. However, nothing beats common sense.

 Personal protection is about learning to decrease your risks and increase your options if assaulted. Learning to defend yourself from other people with weapons,is a result of extensive training with qualified instructors. However in most cases it’s just you and them, and you can take steps to have the advantage. Your life and health are your most important possessions, so learning to avoid situations that put your safety at risk is the first goal. Your best natural weapon is your brain, and your best defense is to exercise good crime prevention strategies.

Nobody can tell you how to defend yourself in every situation. Each person must evaluate his or her own abilities, and size up the situation based on the level of danger to themselves or a loved one.  defense

 By Victor Swindell, owner of PepperEyes.com, a division of Swindell Enterprises. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions .In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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