Carjackers Get Turned Into Speed Bumps

I love it when good people do the right thing and give carjackers the consequences of their evil, don’t you? This driver practiced excellent Active Self Protection in defending his family from the carjackers, and he gives us a template to use!

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/my7f

 

How do I protect myself from carjackers?

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These carjackers got to set the time of the attack, and they chose a moment of vulnerability (as they usually will). Surviving that ambush usually means knowing what to do in the moment!

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. This driver saw carjackers approaching and did what he needed to do to protect himself and his loved ones, which was get out of the danger zone. Well done!

 

  1. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. In this instance, the carjackers didn’t mean this man well, and he chose to escape. Well done!

 

  1. One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems. Carjackers can’t steal a moving car!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Carjackers Eat Lead For Their Efforts

I love it when carjackers get what is coming to them, don’t you? It’s not that we relish gunfights at Active Self Protection, but when stupid actions have consequences it teaches other carjackers to think twice before trying to hurt innocent people!

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Original video of the carjackers with some details (and audio in Portuguese): http://get-asp.com/8tqk

 

How do I protect myself from carjackers?

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Your car is always a transitional space unless you park in a closed, secure garage, because parking lots are definitely places where ambushes are easier and they provide easy escape for carjackers as well.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These carjackers hid behind the other cars until the moment they were ready to strike, but because the ROTA officer was ready to protect himself and his girlfriend he survived the ambush.

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and carjackers, so keep it locked for your safety!

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. In this instance, the carjackers were a threat to both the officer and his girlfriend, so this is certainly defending people!

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Two of these carjackers apparently died at the scene, so this officer put shots on target!

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. These carjackers were on this couple in under a second, and that left no time to fumble in the glove box for his firearm. The best way to protect yourself in these situations is to keep your firearm on your person at all times!

 

  1. If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low. These carjackers were on this couple so fast that there was probably no time to communicate, so she needed to know in advance how to react so as not to make it harder for him to protect them.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robbery At ATM Caught On Camera

Where danger exists the most, we need to be the readiest, and armed robbery is so common at ATMs that you must think about your Active Self Protection constantly when you approach one. How do you protect yourself from this?

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/sxbo

 

News story here: http://get-asp.com/0eoe UPDATE: Police caught the armed robber

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?

 

  1. There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory To Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves and armed robbers can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. The armed robbery will come from an ambush, and if you can detect the ambush before it happens you can get out of there.

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. For a drive up ATM, situational awareness means perhaps making a loop around the building from a farther distance to see if anything is out of place. I am not saying this woman could have seen the armed robbery coming, but the mugger may have seen her being aware and left.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. This armed robbery went on for some time because the woman didn’t use her accelerator. If you’re in the car, get out of there as fast as you possibly can!

 

  1. One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to during an armed robbery! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems. An armed robbery is hard to finish if the victim and valuables are 100 yards away!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Carjacking Turns Into Gunfight

A carjacking is a deadly force encounter, every time. We all need our Active Self Protection ready in the moment as we decide whether and when to protect ourselves! Would you have just let the car go in that moment?

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Original video with some details: http://get-asp.com/acz1

 

How do I protect myself from a carjacking?

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjacking, so keep it locked for your safety! Only unlock the door when it’s time for you to get out of the car. Otherwise let the door act as a barrier between you and carjackers.

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Driveways are transitional spaces because we’re often preoccupied and spend time with our attention diverted, giving attackers the chance to spring a carjacking on us. When you’re in your driveway, take a quick look around! Better yet, pull the car into the garage if you have one before getting out!

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. In this carjacking, the victim put himself back into the danger zone by firing on the carjackers after they were leaving. I don’t recommend that at all.

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. In this carjacking the victim put himself at deadly risk again by firing on the carjackers, which is of course best avoided!

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk or in the glove compartment, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This man had no time in the carjacking to protect himself with anything that wasn’t on his person!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robber Pistol Whips Compliant Clerk

There’s a reason we suggest having your Active Self Protection covered if you’re targeted by an armed robber, and this is a visual reminder of it! This clerk was doing her best to comply, and the armed robber still put her in mortal danger. Would you have complied with them?

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Original video and information from the OKC PD: http://get-asp.com/erco

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. Most of us live in a world where we’re relatively safe, but this armed robber didn’t care for anyone’s safety. Danger like this can happen to any of us, and accepting that fact is the first key to being prepared to defend yourself against it.

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. A Family Dollar store doesn’t seem like a high-value target, but it meets the criteria because the armed robber and his accomplice were able to ambush the store and make a quick escape with their loot. Pay attention when you’re in a transitional space!

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon. This cashier had no choice but to comply.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. Likely because of Normalcy Bias and the Bystander Effect, the man in the blue shirt just stood there in the danger zone while an armed robber threatened everyone nearby. Don’t do that if at all possible!

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. Had this clerk had her ASP covered, there were several opportunities that she could have seized the initiative, gotten ahead of the OODA loop of the armed robber, and turned the tables.

 

  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! This armed robber had a grab man with him, which is not uncommon. We don’t know if the grab man was also armed, but we know the gunman was willing to injure to get his way.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Good Samaritan Tackles Fleeing Shoplifter

I am always grateful to see a Good Samaritan step in to do the right thing, but it’s worth considering our Active Self Protection before stepping in recklessly. Would you have tackled this shoplifter?

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Original video with some details here (Google Translate from Afrikaans required): http://get-asp.com/qqn4

 

Is it good ASP to be a Good Samaritan? What precautions should we consider?

 

  1. Every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer! For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. There is no moral or legal requirement to be a Good Samaritan like this and stop a shoplifter. Each of us must make the decision in advance how large our flock is!

 

  1. As each of us considers whether to be a Good Samaritan and step into encounters that do not directly involve us, we must consider the implications on our lives and families. Does your desire to step in override your duty to your spouse and children and loved ones? Or is it part of your care for your family to protect others wherever you can? We must also all realize that when we come across an incident in progress that it can be VERY difficult to determine who is the aggressor and who is the defender, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and that must give us pause as well. This Good Samaritan made the good call in the moment, but note how little time he had to make it!

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. Having a plan in place and knowing in advance in your soul whether you’ll be a Good Samaritan is an important part of being ready in the moment.

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. Again, this Good Samaritan did great, and should be praised for stopping a thief. That said, he put himself at significant risk to stop him!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Heartless Thieves Rip Elderly Man Off

Practicing Active Self Protection is more than just being able to fend off a physical attack. It means knowing how to protect yourself against all kinds of victimizations, including what these despicable thieves did to this elderly man. Learn to protect yourself!

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Original video from Essex PD: http://get-asp.com/9c1i

 

How do I protect myself from thieves?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. In this case, the thieves used the man’s inherent goodwill to get him to assume nothing bad could happen, and that was a bad assumption.

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. These thieves definitely used the man’s distraction and lack of situational awareness to victimize him. That’s certainly not blaming him for their actions, just realizing how we can protect ourselves.

 

  1. There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory To Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves and armed robbers can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. I even suggest standing with your back to the machine, or at least with your shoulders perpendicular to it so that you can constantly see what is happening around you!

 

  1. ASP is about more than just physical protection. You can be victimized spiritually, emotionally, sexually, physically, financially, and even more. (obviously thieves prey on your finances) Therefore, you must consider how to protect yourself in these different arenas and then do what you need to do in order to be safe.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Real-Life Knife Attacks Aren’t Like Hollywood

We’re conditioned by Hollywood to accept their view of what a real knife attack looks like, but real life is much different. We need reality if we’re to practice Active Self Protection, and this is the reality of a knife attack.

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Original video and news story here (Google Translate from Russian required): http://get-asp.com/qfyj

 

How do I protect myself from a knife attack?

 

  1. I think that the Rules of Stupid come into play here. The Rules of Stupid state that you should never (1) go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things. You can usually get away with breaking one Rule of Stupid, but two or more really increase the odds of bad things happening. This knife attack happened after a night of drinking (doing stupid things), arguing with a drunk (drunks are stupid people by definition), and I would guess later at night (a stupid time). That doesn’t mean the victim is responsible for the knife attack, but that the risk factors were high. Use the Rules of Stupid to protect yourself from unnecessary risk!

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This ambush was all it took for the knife attack to be lethal, so seeing the ambush before it is sprung can be a critical component of surviving.

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it. In this knife attack it wouldn’t have mattered if the victim was armed one bit. He had no time to get to a gun in that moment unless he saw the knife in hand and was ready before.

 

  1. If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off of your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare. I am not saying it would have stopped this knife attack, but it might have helped.

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This man didn’t wake up expecting a knife attack to end his life. But it still happened.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. That said, this knife attack shows how quickly someone can die in an attack, and a stout first aid kit oriented to stop severe bleeding and the skills to use it might have helped! (I start with this: https://get-asp.com/IPOK and then add https://get-asp.com/hemostatic and http://get-asp.com/6p76 at a minimum)

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Two Armed Robbers Show a New Tactic in Armed Robberies

These armed robbers give those who practice Active Self Protection a different threat and different necessary response. There are important lessons to learn here!

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Original video with some details from Dayton: http://get-asp.com/jcwc

 

Original video from San Jose, CA was found on the SJPD Facebook page but has since been deleted.

 

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe). Imminence means the threat is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k). The question is whether these armed robbers, who showed that they had firearms but didn’t actively point them, met the triad. Clearly they had ability (they could hurt their victims) and opportunity (they were in range), but were they in jeopardy? This depends on jurisdiction, but the answer here is likely YES. The armed robbers had both shown intent to do harm by threatening with the firearms if their demands weren’t met, meaning that the victims WERE in imminent jeopardy of grievous bodily harm or death.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These victims certainly weren’t on the offensive, and armed robbers always attack when it’s best for them. This puts defenders on defense and on the reaction, which is a disadvantage we must plan for in our training.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. The woman in the Dayton armed robbery did a good job of exiting the danger zone as soon as she could! Armed robbers are unpredictable, so don’t stay where they might hurt you if you can help it.

 

  1. In the moment that armed robbers attack you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself.

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Woman’s Physical and Sexual Assault Caught on Camera

Active Self Protection isn’t about owning guns (though we’re pro-2A all the way), it’s about being able to protect yourself in the moment that evil comes your way, from sexual assault or any other assault. This woman fought back and escaped with only minor injuries, and for that we applaud her!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

Original video with some details here: http://get-asp.com/vbw6

How do I protect myself from sexual assault:

1. First, it is worth mentioning that we do not blame the woman for this sexual assault. The blame rests squarely with the perpetrator, not with the victim. She didn’t “earn” her sexual assault or “deserve” it in any way, so do not take any of the advice after this as blame. Instead, it is learning from her experience for the rest of us to make proactive strategies and plans to protect ourselves from harm. That’s why we do the narrated videos at ASP, to learn from real-life incidents so that we can be better prepared if they happen to us.

2. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. Accepting that danger existed in her life in the moment gave this woman courage to defend herself against this sexual assault!

3. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. In this instance, ask yourself if it was wise for this woman to go somewhere secluded and private with a man she had only just met. Again, that’s not blaming her for her sexual assault, but simply asking if we can recognize “off-ramps” in the encounter to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

4. To defend against a sexual assault, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. The attacker here was using slaps and (I am fairly certain from body language) his voice to try to overwhelm his intended victim emotionally so that he could have his way. She found the emotional fitness to fight back and get away, and that was excellent!

5. In the moment of attack, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the attacker is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This sexual assault was stopped because the victim found a moment when she had time, space, and opportunity to get out, and she took it. Again, that is highly commendable!

6. You must establish some “bright lines” of when you’ll fight for your life, no matter the odds. Sometimes it might be best to give in, but there are some situations that are so dire that any odds are better than none. Sexual assault is, in my opinion, one of those times. Studies definitively show that intended victims who fight back are not injured more than those who don’t, and the chances of the rape being completed are far less (http://get-asp.com/601c for the study from DOJ). Only you can establish that bright line for yourself.

7. An important part of spiritual fitness is knowing what you are willing and able to fight for. As bearers of the image of God, humans are uniquely valuable and it is always acceptable to protect human life, whether your own or someone else’s. Your person is infinitely valuable, and it is entirely acceptable morally, ethically, legally, and spiritually to stop an attacker from harming you. This certainly extends to sexual assault.

8. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)