- Trust your instincts. If
something "feels wrong" (with a person, a building, a situation,
etc.), something probably is wrong. Even if you don't know why you are
uncomfortable, change your plans, move away from the person, get out of the
area - whatever is necessary to make the feeling go away.
- Know yourself. How do you
react in crisis situations? Do you scream, cry, freeze? What might be your
personal defense options? Every situation is different.
- In any annoying or dangerous situation, you will be the best judge of what
you need to do to handle the situation. There is no one "right"
approach. The following are some options which women have found effective.
STRATEGIES FOR SURVIVAL IF CONFRONTED WITH
- Non-resistance to prevent physical violence
- Stall for time
- Distracting or diverting the assailant, then fleeing
- Verbal Assertiveness
- Screaming, using a whistle or shriek alarm to attract attention and help
- Physical resistance - the testicle squeeze or eye gouge, if done with 100%
effort, can be two physical resistance techniques which could be used as a
last ditch effort to escape an attacker.
FOR MORE SAFETY INFORMATION:
Consider taking a "Self-Defense for Women" class. You may be
surprised at what you will learn about yourself and what you may be capable of
doing in a crisis situation.
Paxton Quigley's Armed & Female
site is an excellent source of information for both men and women.