Defending Against your Attacker

  • AttackedThe most important thing, if you are attacked, is to keep calm. Becoming hysterical will not help and will give your attacker an added advantage.
  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings and your attacker. Get the most accurate and complete description of your attacker, their vehicle and the area as possible.
  • Do not fight over material things. They can be replaced, but your life and limbs cannot.
  • Draw as much attention to you and your situation as possible. Do not yell help. Most people will not respond.
    Yell, “FIRE”, it will draw more attention and assistance.
  • If you have a cell phone, call 911, drop the phone if you are being attacked and begin yelling. State your first name, your location, the license number of the attackers vehicle and any other information that you can. If your attacker reaches down to grab the phone, it will give you time to get away.
  • Your elbow is the strongest point on your body, use it if you can to hit the attacker where it counts ~ the eyes, the knees, the throat or the groin. Remember that you are not trying to win a fight, you are just fighting back to buy yourself enough time to escape.
  • If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the taillights and stick your arm out of the hole and start waving like crazy. The attacker will not be able to see you, but others will.
  • If you hands are duct-taped together try to get the tape wet, it will loose its adhesiveness and will allow you to get your hands free.
  • If an attacker has a gun and you can get away ~ RUN! Experts say that an attacker will only hit a running target 4 out of a 100 times, and even then, it isn't’t likely to hit a vital organ.
  • Do not let an attacker take you to an abandoned area. Do whatever it takes and fight back.
  • Use everyday objects you carry in your purse or backpack as weapons ~

Keys ~ Use them to gouge at eyes, to stab at the throat or to punch an attackers face. Place them between your fingers when you make a fist to add force.

Pencils, Pens, Rulers, Geographical Compasses, Protractors ~ Use these items just the way you would a key.

They are just as effective to gouge eyes, stab the throat or to punch an attackers face.

High Heeled Shoes ~ Again, use them much the way you would a key. Aim the heel at the attackers eyes or to stab at their face or throat.

Hair spray or Breath spray ~ Spraying these items at close range in an attackers eyes can buy you valuable time to get away.

Spare Change ~ Use a handful of spare change and throw it forcefully at the face of an attacker to startle them and help you gain time to get away.

Can of Soda Pop ~ A shaken can of soda-pop sprayed at an attackers face will startle them and they will likely react by protecting their face with their hands, allowing you time to get away.

Your Bag ~ A full backpack or purse can also help you escape. You can throw it at the attacker or swing it to hit them and knock them off balance long enough to get away. You can also open it and begin throwing the contents at your attacker. You can also use the items inside to leave a trail if you are being abducted.

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