Learning a Form of Self-Defense is Necessary

"Knowing self-defense is something everyone should be concerned with. No one has the right to hurt you, ever."
Learning a Form of Self-Defense is Necessary 
by Determined D.   

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Happy Monday. 

Suppose you are approached from behind, from someone who wants to steal your purse or your wallet?  What would you do?  Suppose you were followed into a parking garage by someone who wanted to hurt you?  Or an ATM, or a red-light? What would you do?   Run? Scream? Yell?  Kick?  If you run, are you going to be able to get away?   Maybe?  Is someone going to hear you? Maybe, maybe not? You cannot rely on others to help you if you are approached by someone who wants to hurt you when you are alone and even when you are with someone.  The only person who can help is YOU!  Yes...really, YOU! Law enforcement officials are even attacked, so it can happen to you.   

Learning self-defense is important for your safety.  Below are some stats and information on how to protect yourself. 

Some Stats *
  • 778,901 aggravated assaults were estimated across the Nation in 2010 (FBI, 2010).
  • Women at the ages of 16-24 are at a high risk of being sexually assaulted **
  • One of every four rapes take place in a public area or in a parking garage **
  • Men perpetrate the majority of violent acts against women (DeLahunta 1997).**
  • 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 16th birthday. (US Department of Justice)**
Kids and Strangers

Kids should also be aware of strangers.  Parents do not be scared to tell them, knowing can make them safer.  Teach them about ***Stranger Danger*** and ***Stranger Safety***.  Please see the attached reference website:  Stranger Danger/Safety is located under the Stranger Danger tab:

~ Don't TRUST anyone who tries to break your parents rules.
~ Candy and animals are used to distract a child's attention.
~ Do not carry anything that can distract you from your surroundings, like hand held devices, headphones. 
~ Always tell your parents about people who make you feel uncomfortable and places you don't feel comfortable in.  **

Always be aware of your surroundings.  If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, use your instinct don't brush it off.  Also, remember do not try to be a hero.  The attacker can have a hidden weapon.  If you believe you can get away try to do so as quickly as possible.  If you have a cellular phone dial 911, your call can be traced in most situations.  Also, if you cannot directly speak into the phone, say your location or address as loudly as possible so that the 911 operator can send police to your location.  If you do not know where you are, describe the surroundings, buildings, the attacker, etc.  Men can also be attacked, do not think you are invincible, be careful! Take martial arts! Don't fight, leave it as the last resort.  Please remember, always give the attacker your valuables without argument.       

Be Safe!  
DD xo  

Disclosure:  The author is not an expert in self-defense.  If you truly want to learn self-defense techniques, join some form of martial arts and or attend a self-defense seminar to learn techniques from an expert.  It is also a good idea for your children to also learn self-defense tactics.  Self-defense can save a life. Please also note the statistics were pulled from the FBI and other websites, the validity of the "facts" could not be determined.    

**Crime-Safety-Security:  http://www.crime-safety-security.com/index.html (Great Reference)**

** Practical Self-Defense Training Center: http://www.psdtc.com/Womens/womens_self_defense_rape_prevention.htm

** Facts About Violence:  http://www.feminist.com/antiviolence/facts.html

**Male Abuse Awareness:  http://help4guys.org/Types_of_Male_Abuse.html


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