Women and Self Protection

tig-logoThis is a difficult topic to try and write about from a man’s point of view.  I was raised to think that protection of my family was the husband’s responsibility.  As I am working with more and more women business owners I am realizing that there are many times and places where women are on their own with no one around to help them in situations where they have to protect themselves.  Women need to be aware of their surroundings and how to handle themselves in protective situations.

The bottom line for any attack is that you have to neutralize the threat and take care of yourself.  And you have to do it immediately.  Attackers do not wait until you are ready with any type of response in order to continue their attacks.  They attack when all the cards are in their favor.  Walking out to your car after locking up the shop for the day, with your head down in your mobile device, is an open invitation for attackers to come at you.  Leaving the car door unlocked as you are pumping gas will invite criminals to drive up to the passenger side of your car, open the door, and steal whatever they can get their hands on.

The best defense in any situation is to be aware of your surroundings.  When walking out to your car keep your head up and your car’s key fob in your hand with your finger on the alarm button.  Lock the door as soon as you get in, start the car and drive off instead of sitting there looking at your mobile device.

However, there are going to be times when you will need to take some action as an attacker has decided to make you the next victim.  Some women will carry a firearm for self defense.  This is a very individual and serious decision for anyone to make.  Remember that should you ever be forced to defend your life or the lives of others with a firearm the police will probably arrest you while they assess the situation and figure out what happened.  Should your use of force cause serious injury or death, expect to be taken to criminal or civil court (or both) where you will have to justify your actions. 

Other women will get training in the use of physical force for fighting off an attacker.  Again, this is a very individual decision and one that carries a very different set of circumstance.  Again, should you have to resort to this type of violence when you encounter a violent confrontation that you did not initiate, expect for both you and the attacker to suffer harm, pain, and possible injury.

The point is: doing nothing only invites trouble, and puts all of the cards in the attacker’s hands.  Most attackers do not want any type of physical altercation much less getting them hurt or killed.  If you decide you are going to fight back get some professional training and professional advice.  ASBC is addressing this very serious topic with a seminar on November 17, 2015, at Centennial Barn from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  We will have Davina Eccard, the Owner and Director of Operations at Tactical Intelligence Group, presenting on women’s self defense.  

This empowering class from ASBC U is dedicated to the idea that women should not be victims. Sign up today to reserve your spot!

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