Defense Against Crime

18/01/2011

20 Good Self-Defense Tips

It’s National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month and I thought I’d discuss self- defense steps you can take to stay safe.

According to the statistics on the RAINN web site

  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).1
  • 17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.1
  • 9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.2
  • While about 80% of all victims are white, minorities are somewhat more likely to be attacked.

Basically, adult and teen females are the intended targets of 90 % or more of all types of assaults ranging from domestic violence to rape to robberies. Males are not necessarily off the hook. About 3% of Men in the United States have experienced and attempted or completed rape You should be mindful of these tips as well. They’ll work for you and you can pass them along to the women in your life.

  1. Always trust your instincts. Women especially are blessed with an uncanny knack for sensing things. They should use and trust that instinct. When you get a shiver down your spine
    be ready to react.

  2. Use common sense and restraint. Only God can protect you from stupid. Everyone has choices on where they go and how they get there. You should keep to well lit areas, go with a partner, avoid dangerous areas.
  3. Get some type a self-defense program in place. Check the police for local free resources.
  4. Get a self-defensive attitude. This will enhance your self-confidence and power to fight back. Building confidence in your ability to defend yourself shows thru, just as looking like a target will likely make you one.
  5. Learn how to avoid violent conflict. It takes two to tangle. Take the high road and walk away when given the opportunity.
  6. Keep practicing to be prepared. The self-defense skills you learn should become second nature to you. Do like Inspector Clouseau and go thru scenarios with a friend to be better prepared.
  7. Always be mindful of your surroundings.
  8. If your name isn’t Author P Dent, and the city isn’t knocking down your house to put in a free-way they do not hitchhike. Always take public transportation, a taxi or call a friend.
  9. Never act or look to be an easy mark. Don’t look like victim. Most guys who assault women are not all that intelligent but they are not stupid either. Someone who is walking with their head down, or busy texting or talking on their cell phone, make easy targets.
  10. Have body language that exudes self-confidence. Have that ‘Go ahead make my day’ attitude.
  11. When in trouble start screaming your head off. Studies have shown that you can attract more assistance by yelling ‘FIRE’ than you can by yelling ‘HELP’. Why you are yelling continue doing anything and everything to defend yourself including biting, scratching eyes, using pepper spray-anything !
  12. Get a survivor mentality. This starts with developing an awareness of your surroundings and aware of the fact that women are potential targets all their lives.
  13. With all of this information Don’t become paranoid. Just be aware and prepared!! Not everyone is out to get you.
  14. Your priorities are survival and escape. You don’t get style points. Fight dirty and live.
  15. React quickly. An assault situation demands a speedy response not where’s my pepper spray. This is where practice is handy.
  16. Use anything you can get your hands on as a self defense weapon. A pen in your purse, keys, your fingernails-anything that might inflict damage.
  17. Don’t be a provocative target. Don’t do anything to make yourself an easy mark. Getting drunk or high on drugs is akin to asking for trouble-even when with friends.
  18. Learn some basic points on the body that yield the results you want. You can search the internet for these. Eye gouges, groin kicks, the heal of the hand to the base of the nose, a hard punch to the ear all will get you a release.
  19. Owning a stun gun or pepper spray is not enough. Learn and know how to use them and practice using them. They will give you from 3-15 minutes to escape to get help or just escape and survive. Yea, I know I said practice already..cause it’s one of the best things you can do.
  20. It’s you or them. It’s your life is at stake here. I can’t stress this enough practice different scenarios so when (not if) the time comes you instinctively know what to do and it just
    happens reflexively. Yes…practice.Following these tips may end up saving your life. Remember the old saying “walk softly and carry a nasty pepper spray.” 

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2 Comments

  1. Great site, though I would love to see some more media! – Great post anyway, Cheers!

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