Women's Self-Defense & Rape Prevention

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Women's Self-Defense & Rape Prevention

This section focuses on women's self-defense and rape prevention. It looks at information and techniques provided by a number of experts and government organizations.

  • Most experts recommend avoiding dangerous situations where you might be attacked (i.e. walking home drunk at night in an isolated area). This is considered the most effective way to prevent a rape situation.
  • It is extremely difficult to defend against a large aggressive attacker. However, experts suggest that self-defense training can help to improve the chances of preventing a rape. Nevertheless, self-defense techniques must be practiced frequently and under the supervision of a trained instructor in order to be potentially successful.
  • Here are a variety of women self-defense techniques:
    1. Vital Points - Areas to strike when confronted by an attacker (i.e. eyes or groin).
    2. Women Self-Defense - Defenses Against Bear Hugs
    3. Women Self-Defense - Defenses Against Chokes
    4. Women Self-Defense - Defenses Against Grabs
    5. Women Self-Defense - Defenses Against Headlocks
    6. Women Self-Defense - Ground Defense - How to defend yourself if you have been knocked to the ground and/or an attacker is on top of you.
  • Ask your martial arts instructor to provide frequent women's self-defense classes.
  • Many colleges (i.e. Princeton and University of Miami) are starting to provide Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) courses. According to the University of Miami, "The basic R.A.D. program encompasses 9-12 hours of self-defense instruction with its foundations in education and awareness. The 12 hour course version has a final simulation" (against a padded aggressor).
  • The Metropolitan Police Service suggests that you do not accept drinks from strangers because they can be spiked.
  • Use the "buddy system". The Metropolitan Police Service suggests "When going to a pub, club or party avoid going alone. Friends can watch out for each other".
  • According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, "Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation" and "Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone".
  • According to the City of Jefferson's Rape and Assault Prevention Checklist, "If you are followed, get away fast. Change directions or head for open businesses" and "If approached by a stranger, run to the center of the street and don't hesitate to call for help".

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Reference Sources

  1. University of Miami, Self-Defense: R.A.D. Program Information, http://www.miami.edu/ref/index.php/umpd/services_programs_umpd_department/self-defense_programs_for_women/self-defense_rad_program_information/, Added - 05/17/15
  2. Metropolitan Police Service, Drug-assisted rape and sexual assault, http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Safety-advice/1400006933890/1400006933890, Added - 05/17/15
  3. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, Avoiding Dangerous Situations, https://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention/avoiding-dangerous-situations, Added - 05/17/15
  4. City of Jefferson, Rape and Assault Prevention Checklist, https://www.jeffcitymo.org/police/RapeAssaultPrevention.html, Added - 05/18/15
  5. NY Times, College Rape Prevention Program Proves a Rare Success, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/12/health/college-rape-prevention-program-proves-a-rare-success.html, Added - 06/11/15
  6. New England Journal of Medicine, Efficacy of a Sexual Assault Resistance Program for University Women, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1411131, Added - 06/11/15

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