Important to remember: I'll bet none of these women ever took a "self-defense" class (though at least one had military training). The two most critical factors in successful self-defense are (1) the belief that it can be done, and (2) trying one tool after another until something works.
From Louisiana, a 72 year old woman routes armed attacker with nothing but her steely instincts and a fire extinguisher. Woman's son later describes his mom as "a pretty strong old fart." Yeah, that's how I'd have described my mom too. http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20131231/ARTICLES/131239885/1320?p=1&tc=pg#gsc.tab=0
Now going north to Ohio: woman uses voice, attracts bystander attention. Bystanders call police. Police arrive in time to see the woman running out of the house, followed by man with knife. Man is subdued and arrested! http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/police-man-attempted-to-rape-woman/ncZbw/
Some self-defense stories are more graphic than are others. This one is graphic. Let's jump across the globe, to Bangladesh. In this instance, a woman fights back against an acquaintance by cutting off his penis and bringing it to the police. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/woman-cuts-penis-man-attempting-rape-her The wanna-be rapist then claimed that he was the real victim, because they had been having an affair, he refused to leave his wife and children and move with her to another city. So, he claims, she cut off his penis and is pressing rape charges to retaliate. This attempt to deflect responsibility is a common tactic among rapists.
And now back to the glorious Puget Sound, the last one for today is from former student "E" who relates a self-defense success years earlier:
"When I was a young college student, I often passed through New York City to get from my parents' home to my college in upstate New York. On one such visit, I was walking down a street and felt like I was being followed. I made the decision to act irrationally: singing to myself, walking with a twitch/jerking motions. I tried to act like a mentally unstable person. After a while, the man stopped following me, and I'm certain that if I hadn't, I would have been attacked."Do you have a story to share? Contact me!
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