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Safety for Women

Many people, especially women, abhor violence. For this reason, before I begin, I will tell you the difference between violence and responsive force. Violence is an unprovoked attack on someone who has not used physical force prior to the initiation of violence. Responsive force is physical means intended to protect the potential victim of violence. It is legitimate, and is supported by western civilization, including the major religions, and the cultures of the people. When someone attacks you, you have every right to defend yourself, and may legally use whatever force is needed to protect yourself and others. If this includes killing someone, this is also legally justified, as long as you seek to use the minimum force necessary to accomplish the goal of protecting yourself or someone else. If the violence is readily apparent, you don't have to justify doing more damage than what might have sufficed. Nobody will second-guess you. Occasionally, some police officer or some judge will run amok with punishing you, but this is rare. You were there; you perceived a threat and felt threatened. Don't be afraid or squeamish about using whatever responsive force is needed. One reason for practicing is so that you will be more in control of the outcome. The first rule is to avoid confrontation if you can, but if you can't, then train yourself to accept the use of responsive force. You may use responsive force to protect yourself or anybody else who is being attacked.

I got this in my email, and have added to it from my own training. This is a long one but important info for all of us women! You may want to print it out and read it later if you're busy...


Safety for Women

I learned from my children's karate classes that the elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do! Hit especially around the face with it. Practice this! Practice swinging your elbow into a target. Have someone show you how to do this.

[Make a fist with one hand, and wrap your other hand around it. Hold your arms at shoulder level, so that they are parallel with the floor. Use your body to swing your elbow into the target; twist your body rapidly at the waist. Strike with your forearm at the target.]

If you are in your bed or on your back, and someone is trying to rape you, kick him with your feet as hard as you can! Use a bicycling motion. Practice this.

If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

Last night I attended a personal safety workshop, and it jolted me. It was given by an amazing man, Pat Malone, who has been a body guard for famous figures like Farrah Fawcett and Sylvester Stallone. He works for the FBI, and teaches police officers and Navy SEALS hand-to-hand combat. This man has seen it all, and knows a lot.

He focused his teachings to us on HOW TO AVOID BEING THE VICTIM OF A VIOLENT CRIME. He gave us some statistics about how much the occurrences of random violence have escalated over the recent years, and it's terrible. Something like 99% of us will be exposed to, or become a victim of a violent crime. Here are some of the most important points that I got out of his presentation:

(1.) The three reasons women are easy targets for random acts of violence are:

(a.) Lack of Awareness - You MUST know where you are & what's going on around you.

(b.) Body Language - Keep your head up, swing your arms, stand straight up.

(c.) Wrong Place, Wrong Time - DON'T walk alone in an alley, or drive in a bad neighborhood at night.

(2.) Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc). DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. When you DO get into your car, get in quickly. Don't dawdle!

(a.) A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.

(b.) If you are parked so that the driver's door is next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

(c.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (Better paranoid than dead.)

(3.) ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone, and the perfect crime spot).

(a.) Do not get on an elevator if there is a weirdo already on there. (Of course bad men don't always look bad).

(b.) Do not stand back in the corners of the elevator; be near the front, by the doors, ready to get off or on.

(c.) If you get on the elevator on the 25th floor, and someone suspicious gets on the 22nd, get off when he gets on.

(4) If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!

(a.) Police only make 4 of 10 shots when they are in range of 3-9 feet. This is due to stress.

(b.) The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

(5.) As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed.

(a.) Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

(b.) Pat Malone told us the story of his daughter, who came out of the mall and was walking to her car when she noticed 2 older ladies in front of her. Then she saw a police car come towards her with cops who said hello. She also noticed that all 8 handicap spots in the area were empty. As she neared her car she saw man a few rows over calling to her for help. He wanted her to close his passenger side door.

He was sitting in the driver's side, and said he was handicapped. He continued calling, until she turned and headed back to the mall, and then he began cursing at her. In the meantime, she wondered why he didn't ask the 2 older ladies, or the policeman for help, and why he was not parked in any of the empty handicap spots. As she got back to the mall, two male friends of hers were exiting, and as she told them the story, and turned to point at the car, the man was getting out of the back seat into the front, and the car sped away. DON'T GET CAUGHT IN THIS TRAP.

(6.). Tips to saving your life, if you have gotten into a violent situation:

(a.) REACT IMMEDIATELY If he abducts you in a parking lot, and is taking you to an abandoned area, DON'T LET HIM GET YOU TO THAT AREA. If you are driving, react immediately in the situation, and crash your car while still going 5 mph. If he's driving, find the right time, and stick your fingers in his eyes. He must watch the road, so choose an unsuspecting time, and gouge him. It is your ONLY defense. While he is in shock, GET OUT. (This sounds gross, but the alternative is your fault if you do not act.)

(b.) RESIST Don't go along with him: run, if you are able: DON'T EVER GIVE UP! You DO NOT want to get to a crime scene.

(7.) Always keep your distance when walking past strangers on the street or in dark areas. Walk away from doorways, out in the street, if you have to.


(a.) There are packages for $19.95 a month that allow you to program only 911 into the dialing out program. (This is an alternative for parents who say it is too expensive for their kids to have a cell phone.)

(9.) BREAKDOWNS: Make every effort to avoid this by ALWAYS keeping your car in good working order.

(a.) If your car breaks down: LOCK YOUR DOORS. You better have a cell phone to call for help.

(b). If you don't have a cell phone: (shame on you) keep a blanket, warm clothes, a pair of boots, and a flashlight in your car always, for emergencies.

(c.) If it's noon on a business day, you may want to put your hazards on and walk to safety.

(d.) If it's 2 a.m, put on your warm clothes, and walk to a lighted area. You are a perfect target if you are sitting in your car broken down. Predators search the highways for easy targets like you.

(e.) If you're on a desolate road, walk away from the car (in your warm clothes) and go to some bushes, or some area AWAY from your vehicle. It will be cold, and uncomfortable, but you DO NOT want to stay in your car, and there are no psycho bogeymen waiting in the bushes who knew you were going to break down there and then.

(10.) Physical defenses that we can use against the violent predator:

(a.) The EYES are the most vulnerable part of the body. Poke him there. HARD. It may be your only window of opportunity.

(b.) The neck is also a vulnerable spot, but you MUST know where to grip, AND HAVE THE STRENGTH to cut off his breath. Also, hitting him in the side of the neck as hard as you can (with a knifehand, if you know how to do it) is useful, or hitting him on the temple with your fist. Another good vulnerable spot to hit is the Adam's apple. If you have the practice, you can use a palm heel to the nose, driving the nose bones upwards into the head.

(c.) The last place is the KNEES. Everyone's knees are very vulnerable, and a swift kick here will take anyone down. You can also stomp on the top of his foot and use the opportunity to run away.

A cautionary note about these things. If you do not do these things right the first time, you are in trouble, because it will only anger the individual, and that anger will be TAKEN OUT ON YOU. I'm not saying don't attempt them (it may be your only hope), but be forceful when you do.

(11.) If you are walking alone in the dark (which you shouldn't be) and you find him following/chasing you:

(a.) Scream "FIRE!", and not "help". People don't want to get involved when people yell "help", but "fire" draws attention because people are nosy.

(b.) RUN!

(c.) Find an obstacle, such as a parked car, and run around it, like Ring Around the Rosie. This may sound silly, but over the years, 5 women have told Pat Malone that this SAVED THEIR LIVES.

(d.) Your last hope is getting under the car. Once you are under there, there are tons of things to hold on to, and he will not be able to get you out and will not come under for you (most likely).

Usually they give up by this point. The catch here is that YOU MUST PRACTICE GETTING UNDER THE CAR. You must have a plan (he will have one); know if you will be going on your back, front, from the side or back of the car. It must be practiced.

(12.) Never let yourself or anyone that you know be a "closer" in any type of business (bar, store, restaurant, gas station). Pat knew Danielle, who was a girl that just died from being shot point-blank by some kids while she was closing at the local gas station.

He talked with her the night before she died, and asked whether it ever scared her to close alone. She said yes, but said "I'll be alright, Pat.

I'll be all right." She wasn't. Our world is not as safe as we pretend that it is, and living in our fantasy worlds WILL get us in trouble, sooner or later. Pat Malone said again and again that the women who die EVERY MINUTE from violent crimes expected to go to bed tonight, and get up tomorrow.

No one expects it, but we must be prepared and aware so that we HAVE A PLAN. BE PREPARED TO ACT! AND ACT HARD! HAVE A PLAN!

Remember also this: if you are being attacked by a lone attacker, HE MUST PUT DOWN HIS WEAPON TO RAPE YOU. Wait for that opportunity, and take advantage of it IMMEDIATELY.

My self defense instructor told me that 72% of the UNTRAINED women who fight back escape unharmed. It is worth it to try, no matter how little training you have. But PLEASE find a martial art and train to the black belt level, even if you have a disability. The more of us who are armed with skills, the less safe a predator will feel attacking an unknown person. Also take self defense courses whenever you can, and PRACTICE, but be careful not to break the bones of your significant other!

I have a friend whose daughter was carjacked from a shopping mall at 10 o'clock at night, taken into the desert and brutally raped and murdered. So PLEASE heed the recommendations on this page.

I would encourage you to pass this on to all women, not just your friends and family, but everybody. We all need to hear it.

My appreciation to Gedeon Peteri, fractal artist, for some of the background material.

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