Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) September 11, 2006
The recent arrest in the serial sexual predator and murderer known as the Baseline Killer reminds us that women should be as prepared as possible to defend themselves against sexual predators.
The Family Safety and Self-Defense Institute (http://www.familysafetyinstitute.com), the leading self-defense training organization for women and families, offers some simple suggestions.
Seven key tips include:
1. Rely on your natural instincts. If something seems strange or raises a red flag, immediately move to a public area. Move quickly; the longer you wait to react, the harder it can be to escape a dangerous situation.
2. Scan your environment at all times. Avoid empty and dark places, and places where an attacker might hide. Go out in groups wherever possible.
3. Do not drop your guard in familiar places like work or near your home, and do not assume that violent crime won’t happen to you. Always be alert and aware. When coming home or getting into a car, have your keys out and ready to insert into the lock quickly, without fumbling. Be sure that your home or apartment is secure and has a quality alarm system.
4. If you live alone, set up a buddy system to check in regularly with friends and neighbors and have them check in with you. While this tactic may seem awkward, in today’s world, it could be a life saver.
5. Know that anything can be a weapon: keys, a purse, teeth, nails, a car door, a tree (which can trip up an attacker), dirt, shoes, and cell phones. Think about ways to use your body and ordinary objects to protect yourself if needed.
6. If approached or grabbed, you should know what to do. Shock and distract your attacker by screaming for help, biting, scratching, kicking, and doing whatever it takes to break free. Rely on natural instincts, and forget social graces. Your life may depend on it.
7. If you are attacked, never stop struggling. Look around for things you can use as a weapon. Do anything you can to get attention or a split second in order to run away.
Andrew Neitlich, Co-Founder of The Family Safety Institute, said, “Most of us are taught good manners and civilized behaviors. We teach them not to yell, bite, scratch, or kick. But in the case of a possible sexual predator, we need to rely on our most primitive instincts. It is crucial to be as inconvenient a target as possible, and to do things that are not normally considered appropriate in society.”
He added, “The more you can do immediately, the better. It only gets harder to struggle and break free as an attack continues. Women should rehearse scenarios over and over again, so that they are prepared should something happen. Every woman should take a self-defense course to learn basic moves and street smarts.”
The Family Safety and Self-Defense Institute offers a free self-defense assessment on its website at http://www.familysafetyinstitutecom. In addition, the site offers a self-defense kit for families and children, and also certifies people to train men, women, and children in basic self-defense.
For more information, contact Andrew Neitlich at 941-539-9623 or visit http://www.familysafetyinstitute.com.