In teaching self-defense to women it is important to stress at the outset that the tips we will be covering are suggestions. They are not iron clad, as every situation is going to be different, and women must assess for themselves whether they have a fighting chance.
It is also important to stress the fact that if a woman did not follow any of the steps you will be teaching, they did not necessarily do anything 'wrong'. (There may be women in your class that have been assaulted in the past, and you don't want to sound like you are attacking their behavior).
To be clear, it is indeed a sad state of affairs that we even need to address this topic. No woman deserves to live in fear for her safety. The sad truth is, there are a lot of sick individuals in this world, and they prey upon the meek.
That said, here are some tips that women can employ to make them less likely to be a victim of an assault.
1. Conduct business during the daytime, and avoid unlit areas at night.
Women are far more likely to be attacked at night in areas that an assailant can easily hide himself or herself. Always park near your destination, and in well-lit areas.
2. Travel in groups.
2 women are far less likely to be attacked than a single person. The more the merrier, and the likelihood of being attacked drops dramatically
3. Always tell somebody where you are going, and when they should expect you to arrive.
Time is of the essence if you are abducted or injured due to an attack.
4. Carry your keys in your hand.
This will allow you to get into your car more quickly, and they can be used as a weapon if necessary. Carry them between your fingers to strike with if necessary.
5. If confronted, make eye contact, and study the description of your assailant.
This is vital in finding the bad guy, and will help prevent him from doing it again. There is a fine line here. Let them know you see them, and are aware fo their presence, but some guys will take too much eye contact as an invitation.
6. Make as much noise as possible if you are attacked.
You never know who might be near by that can help you, and most attackers will flee if they think they may be caught.
7. Never let somebody relocate you.
Allowing somebody to take you where they know they will not be disturbed will never end well for you.
8. Be aware of your surroundings. Make a mental note of avenues of escape.
Make a game of it. I always do this wherever I go.
9. Carry yourself with confidence. Don't look like a victim.
Typically, assailants look for those who will go easily and not put up a fight.
10. Don't wear expensive jewelry or flaunt cash in public.
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