I just got this and don't know if it's all factually correct or not, but it seems to have useful hints. Feel free to share it with others.>Hi, girls! I just finished taking the most amazing self-defense class, >sponsored by Shandwick, and I wanted to share some really valuable info >with you before it goes out of my head. The guy who taught the class has a >female friend who was attacked last year in the parking garage at Westport >Plaza in St. Louis one night after work and taken to an abandoned house and >raped. > >He started a women's group and began teaching these classes soon after. >This guy is a black belt in karate and trains twice a year with Steven >Segall. He and the others in this group interviewed a bunch of rapists and >date rapists in prison on what they look for and here's some interesting >facts: > >The #1 thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most >likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle >that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with >long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets. > >The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who's >clothing is easy to remove quickly. The #1 outfit they look for is >overalls because many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing and on >overalls the straps can be easily cut. > >They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse >or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can >be easily overpowered. > >The time of day men are most likely to attack and rape a woman is in the >early morning, between 5 and 8:30 a.m. The number one place women are >abducted from/attacked at is grocery store parking lots. Number two is >office parking lots/garages. Number three is public restrooms. The thing >about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move >her to a second location where they don't have to worry about getting >caught. > >Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence >but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years. If you put up any kind of a fight at >all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to >realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be >time-consuming. These men said they will not pick on women who have >umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in >their hands. Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close >to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these >guys you're not worth it. Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: > >* If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you >in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, >like what time is it, or make general small talk, I can't believe it is so >cold out here, we're in for a bad winter. Now you've seen their face and >could identify them in a lineup, you lose appeal as a target. > >* If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and >yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd >leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to >fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target. If you carry pepper >spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him >wherever he goes), yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a >deterrent. > >* If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can by >outsmarting them. If they grab your wrist, pull your wrist back so your >hand is in waving position (palm facing forward) and twist it toward >yourself and pull your arm away. It is hard to hold onto wrist bones that >are moving in that way. They stumble toward you and you stumble back, so >you can use that momentum to bring the same out and backhand them with your >knuckles in the forehead, nose or teeth. > >* If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker >either under the arm between the elbow and armpit or in the upper inner >thigh - HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the >underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset >she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed >stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand >it; it hurts. > >* After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a >particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's balls (sorry >to be graphic) it is extremely painful. You might think that you'll piss >the guy off and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists >old our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of >trouble. Start causing trouble, and he's out of there. > >* When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and >bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on >them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, >and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly. > >Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your >surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd >behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel a little >silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the guy really was trouble. > >Please forward this to any woman you know, it's simple stuff that could >save her life.
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