And that is you CAN effectively fight back. Don't need no martial arts, don't need no paramilitary or survivalist training. Average, everyday women, when they fight back, prevail in 85-90% of assaults. With no training.
Amazing. How do they do it? First, they recognized that an assault was happening. Second, they saw the situation as one where they did have choices and tools to use, and tried one tool after another until something worked. Truly amazing.
The sad news is how many women do not recognize that they have a better than fighting chance.
Note: The assaults here refer to those committed by strangers or acquaintances. The other broad category is domestic violence, which is a whole 'nuther ball of wax. In those instances, fighting back takes on different strategies. Like acknowledging the situation, planning safe escapes, enlisting allies, and learning the legal system. But most women who decide to get out of abusive relationships indeed do just that. Amazing.