GRAPHIC: Sexual Assault Caught On camera (no nudity)

WARNING: This video is real-life and very disturbing. Please watch with discretion. At Active Self Protection we do not glorify violence and do not seek to just share for shock value; we do, though, seek to educate people of the realities of self-defense and this sexual assault definitely shows reality. If you have a history of abuse, please just pass this one by.

If you are the victim of sexual assault or violence of any kind, please get help. https://ohl.rainn.org/online/ is a good resource to help you or those you love to get help to heal.

 

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How do I protect myself from sexual assault?

 

  1. All the blame for this sexual assault belongs to the perpetrator; the victim is blameless. Any and all advice and suggestions we offer here are NOT blaming her for her sexual assault, but attempting to help others to protect themselves. For all, please, never blame a victim for their sexual assault; the assailant deserves all the blame here and always in sexual assault. This is a heinous crime that we absolutely condemn in the strongest way possible, and seek to help as many people to avoid and fight off as possible.

 

  1. Sexual assault is not about sex; it is about power and control. If this video shows nothing else, it shows that perpetrators of sexual assault have a goal of humiliation and power over their victim as their primary aim. This is heinous and deplorable, but real. Therefore, it follows that the dress or demeanor of the intended victim is not a major factor in their assault. Perpetrators seek control over those who they want to humiliate.

 

  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. Sexual assault like this is not “other people’s problem,” but all of our problem that we must be ready for.

 

  1. To paraphrase the findings of a significant DOJ study, sexual assault victims self-protection actions reduce the probability of rape completion and do not significantly increase the risk of serious injury. (it is available at https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/211201.pdf for anyone who wants to see the information) Fighting back against a sexual assault greatly reduces the chance that a rape is successfully completed, and so we suggest every woman train the attitude, skills, and plan to protect herself from sexual assault of any kind.

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. 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. Most victims of sexual assault are chosen by their assailants because they think that they can easily overwhelm them and have their way with them. Almost all women fall under this category, so being ready to fight an attacker is important.

 

  1. 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. You have to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from sexual assault.

 

  1. Sexual assault begins with physical assault to overwhelm the intended victim and render them unable or unwilling to fight back. Therefore it is important for all potential victims to have empty-handed skills to protect themselves from the physical assault, and also have effective force multipliers like firearms, pepper sprays, and TASERs to change the force equation and send their attacker running.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in. Women need more than a basic women’s self-defense class to protect themselves from sexual assault. That involves a commitment of time, money, and effort to keep themselves safe. Please, ladies, invest the time and money. You’re worth it.

 

  1. 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. Women often don’t think they’re worth defending, at least at a subconscious visceral level. But ladies, your kids need you. Your spouse needs you. Your family needs you. You’re worth defending and worth being protected. Accept your worth and protect yourself, please.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

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