For years I walked around with my head down and just went with the flow. I didn’t take notice to the people around me or my situation. It would have been very easy for anyone to walk up behind me and take my purse, or worst case scenario, attack one of my children or myself. Times changed though and so did I. I started taking notice to cars in the parking lot, people in the store or someone pulling up our dirt lane when I knew no one else was around. Being aware of our situation, puts us at an advantage, especially when something seems off. The other evening my husband and I were in the drive-thru at one of our fast food places. The man in front of us was upset at the cashier and demanding his money back. She was trying to explain the procedure to him because it was after midnight, things work a little differently. He became belligerent and got out of his car, screaming at the girl inside. She told him she was calling the police and immediately closed the drive-thru window and he proceeded to bang on it. I was a bit nervous, but I knew to remove myself from the situation. I knew to take down his licence plate number in case he decided to drive off and I knew we needed to put as much distance between our car and this guy. There was no way I wanted my husband or myself in the middle of that situation. Luckily, it didn’t turn into anything major, the cops arrived, we got our food and we moved on. But, this man could have been armed and it could have turned out a lot worse than it did.
Women need to be aware of what’s going on around them. Sitting in your car to go through your receipts, your purse, jot down your purchases in your checkbook are dangerous habits to form. Attackers will use this as an opportunity to strike. Too many people think that women can’t protect themselves and unfortunately they think we are all victims. We need to be sure we can identify an attacker and we need to be sure we can observe the situation fully, remove ourselves if we are able to and be able to defend ourselves if it comes to that.
Knowing how to defend yourself with your body is an important skill to have. Whether you are a concealed carrier or not, you may find yourself in a situation where you don’t have a weapon to help you and you may have to use other skills to protect yourself. We recently signed our 14-year-old daughter and 8-year-old daughter up for self-defense classes. I want to do everything I can in my power to be sure that they can defend themselves if someone should decide to attack them. Check online and see what types of self-defense courses are offered in your area. Most self-defense classes will cover: avoiding high risk situations, assessing your aggressor, disarming your aggressor, breaking free, choking defense, defense from the ground, defense in the dark, different striking techniques, and pressure points. By taking self-defense classes, it’s just one more skill in your arsenal to be sure you can protect yourself.
I’m not talking about a home security system here, although I do believe everyone should have one. We do need to be alerted somehow that someone is trying to get into our home. This gives us time to be able to grab what we need to protect ourselves. Taking extra measures doesn’t hurt though!
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