Defense Against Crime

23/07/2010

You Go Girl!

Perhaps you remember the name Brittanee Drexel of Chili, New York was last seen in April 2009 leaving Blue Water Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. To date there has been no sign or evidence of the missing young lady.
 

A few days ago there was an attempted abduction of another young lady from almost the same area on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. However, this young lady decided to do what was necessary to escape.
 

According to the police, a 20-year-old woman from Tennessee said that three men tried to kidnap her as she left her hotel, the Mystic Sea Hotel, which is located near Blue Water Resort. She said she noticed a pale blue van pull up behind her around 22nd Avenue South, and two men jumped out and tried to kidnap her. She was able to elbow one of the men in the face and escape with no injuries. 

A police report claims the two suspects let go of the girl and fled from the scene in a southward direction along Ocean Boulevard.  “She wasn’t supposed to be alone but we never thought something like this would happen” said the victim’s father. 

You may think that incidents like these are isolated, but they are all too common. In general women are thought of as the “weaker sex”. This is atleast the belief of most criminals and what makes women  more vulnerable to crime whether it is assault, rape, molestation and other types of physical and sexual harassment.
 

According to Justice Department statistics:
 

  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
  • Around 78 rapes are committed each hour in America.
  • Four women in a day get murdered by their abusive partners.
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
  • 25% of girls will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18-years old.
  • 25% of rapes take place in a public area or a parking garage.
  • While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked.
  • 75% of every rape is committed by the person known to the victim.
  • 60% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to the police 

While these statistics are shocking, they also give you a chance to make changes to reduce your odds of being the next victim. Because here is another fact, none of the victims thought it would happen to them.
 

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

Observation
Look around you and be aware of your surroundings-hiding places, people following you, strange vans etc. If confronted by an assailant look him directly in the eye so he knows for sure that you will remember what he looks like in a police lineup.
 

Yell
There are two things about making noise. First, it attracts the attention of by-standers. Second, it puts fear in the assailants, they may get caught. Criminals want an easy mark not someone who is going to resist. Studies indicate that yelling “Fire” will draw more attention.

Show
If you are carrying a personal protection product, SHOW IT. Sometimes the sound of a discharging stun gun is enough to frighten them off. If you have pepper spray, bring it to the ready, and tell the crooks to “back off” Try using a combination of SHOW and YELL. Try something like “back off or you’ll get a taste of this.”
 

Pain
Learn where some key pressure points for pain are and how to inflict as much pain as you can quickly. The young lady was 

Learn where to strike

 able to use an elbow to the face. Other effective moves are eye gouges, pinch, or bite under the arm or the upper inner thigh, or knee to the groin areas. These are all sensitive and subject to inflict maximum amounts of pain to the assailant. You can also try a sharp blow across the bridge of an assailant’s nose will stop him dead in his tracks. Remember your life could depend on it. You want just enough time to escape. Many places offer FREE or reasonable cost Women’s self-defense classes.

 Instinct
Women have a built in sixth-sense. If you feel funny about a situation, run!
  

Carry
We recommend that you always carry a personal protection product. A stun gun, taser, pepper spray, personal alarm, telescopic baton are good examples. Each if used will afford you enough time to escape and get help.
  

Practice
Just as you should rehearse house emergencies, you should also mentally practice against an imaginary assailant in various situations. If you have a stun gun or pepper spray or some kind of protection you should rehearse until you are comfortable with your ability to use it quickly and effectively.
 

 These tips can help you prevent an assault on yourself or any woman you know. Used wisely they may save a life-maybe yours they way they saved the life of this young lady. 

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to meeting the safety needs of you, your friends, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility arm yourself, or your business with our products and the knowledge of the best way to stay safe in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.      

 

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2 Comments

  1. You may think that incidents like these are isolated, but they are all too common.

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    Comment by Micro Trend Security — 24/07/2010 @ 3:41 AM

  2. I think nobody wants to be a part of the horrible statistics regarding women related crimes especially rape!
    Learning self-defense is a must.
    Nice share!

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    Comment by Steve — 16/08/2010 @ 9:42 AM


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