This attempted sexual assault is not easy to watch, but it is important to know what a real attack looks like. Thankfully this woman practiced great Active Self Protection and made it out without being victimized!
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an assault, particularly a sexual assault?
- Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things (this sexual assault is a good example of that), and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can.
- 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. This woman might well have been able to recognize that she was being followed and avoided this attack entirely by escaping the ambush; I can’t be certain of that, but it’s worth considering every time we see an attack in a public place.
- Since rapists are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to attack. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train to protect yourself from the attack!
- 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. The sidewalk is a transitional space, and more so in an urban neighborhood, where an assault has a lot more places to start an ambush from.
- Compliance does not at all guarantee your safety in the face of a sexual assault. We know, for instance, that rape victims who fight back are no more likely to be harmed than if they don’t fight back, and they are less likely to be raped. (study here: https://get-asp.com/601c if you need proof on that) Compliance does not guarantee safety, as placing your safety in the hands of someone willing to commit a felony is a terrible idea.
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