April is Sexual Assault awareness month. Many people remain quiet about this month, we shine light on this taboo topic. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network there is another victim of sexual assault every two minutes in the United States. Another alarming statistic – 44% of those victims will be under 18 and approximately 80% will be under 30.
It’s important to have a basic understanding of how to protect yourself against such confrontation. Prevention is always the first and best form of self-defense. Attackers typically look for unsuspecting, vulnerable targets. Be sure to follow general safety tips, such as being aware of your surroundings, walking & parking in well-lit areas, keeping your keys in your hand as you approach your door/car, or varying your route & times of travel.
Sometimes fighting back is the only alternative. There are some very basic techniques that people of all fitness levels can apply:
- Get loud and push back
- Hit the most effective body parts – eyes, nose, neck, knee
- Maximize damage by using your elbows, knees, and head, as well as using everyday objects and leveraging your weight
- Utilize wrist holds, front & back choke holds, bear hugs, and mount position to get out of compromising positions or defend yourself
It’s good to have a little bit of extra strength on your side. Start incorporating full-body workouts into your regular routine. Strength training can enhance explosive power by developing the Type II, or fast twitch, muscle fibers. Greater strength not only makes you stronger, it also means that moving your body weight becomes easier for longer periods of time, which translates into having greater stamina.