The Women’s March was all over the news in January, so it got me thinking about self-defense techniques that every female should be aware of. The first thing I have to point out is that prevention is always better than combat, so if you’re ever in a tricky situation, if you can get out of it without using violence, that would be ideal.
One of the main pieces of advice I can give you is to try to force your attacker to go into an area where there are many people. If you can and have somebody to talk to, be sure to tell them that you feel threatened before something bad happens. If escape isn’t possible at all, you have to shout loudly and push back at the attacker as visibly as possible, particularly if you’re in the middle of a crowd. However, if you are all alone, there are some other things you can do. In fact, shouting might be a bad idea if the offender finds you vulnerable and can take advantage of your vulnerability.
Hitting the right body areas
The position and state of your attacker should determine the most vulnerable areas on his or her body. Some of the first bodily regions I can think of, in this sense, are the eyes, the nose, the mouth, the groin, and the knees. Most of the anatomical parts in the head area are somewhat, but you might want to go for the eyes if you have the opportunity as they’re particularly sensitive and can momentarily affect your attacker’s sight. What this means is that he or she will not have the opportunity to see where you’re going, therefore giving you the chance to escape.
If you’ve ever been to some self-defense classes or you’re simply in good shape, you might want also want to consider the side of the neck. Some people might not think of this region as a good target, but the fact of the matter is that it really is because both the jugular vein and the carotid artery go through this area. The least thing you could do is stun your offender so that he or she gives you some time to run.
Use everything you can
If you’re walking home in the dark and have no pepper spray or anything other that might cause some damage to your attacker, it might be a good idea to hold a key between your fingers so that you can stick them into his or her eyes. Tossing some sand into one’s eyes can cause a serious drawback and even give you the chance to call 911. The main point here is that it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you have the time, I would advise you to join a self-defense class in your area.