Monday, March 14, 2011

The 10-A s of Personal Safety for Women & Kids- Part II

In the last post we looked at the first 5A-s of Personal safety.
In this post, we look at briefly the next 5 As in the The 10A-s of personal Safety
6.ASSERT
7.AGILE
8.ATTENTION
9.ACT
10.ARMED
Lets be now elaborate on them -
6. ASSERT
DON'T LET HIM CLOSE DISTANCE
Don’t allow a criminal to close the distance
  • The common ploy is to come near you, under a pretext - like asking for directions. Give them clear instructions to be at least 6 feet away and ask whatever they have to.
  • By giving him clear area demarcation, you will know early that his intentions are criminal if he crosses that 'lakshman rekha’
Be clear in your communication
DON'T BE SUBTLE IN SAYING 'NO'
  • Subtle hints do not work with men who are drunk or sexually excited. Speak clearly that you dislike what they are doing.
  • Teach this to young girls, because they are also confused, when a known person behaves dirty.
7. AGILE
Run away as fast as you can
Make it as difficult as possible for the man to follow you
  • If possible keep changing directions since it is difficult for a drunken attacker to comprehend and switch directions fast.
CREATE OBSTACLES
  • Create as many obstacles as possible for the attacker.
 Call for help asap
  • At the earliest opportunity start calling emergency contact numbers.
  •  If you are vulnerable due to your habits or work-timings keep the emergency number on fast dial.

8. ATTENTION

When in trouble make sure people around know that
  • Normally the public is also confused about how to react when they see a conflict.
  • Ask for help clearly. Don’t assume people around understand.
Be Simple and be coherent
  • The problem is most can't shout anything coherent in fear. The easiest is to keep on repeating loudly, a small phrase like “Get off”. “Go away” “ Rape!”. Just repeat it.
Teach kids
TEACH KIDS TO HANDLE STRANGERS
  • Teach kids to scream “ He is NOT my Dad” if accosted by a stranger.
  • Teach kids to memorize name & contact details of parents.
9. ACT
Majority of the woman assume they can’t do anything against an aggressive man
DON'T ASSUME HELPLESSNESS
  • I ask those women “ Will you be a mute spectator if you see your daughter or sister being molested?”
  • When a woman can jump in to help others , she can take care of herself too.
Don't give the criminal the ‘Window of Opportunity’
GO FOR GROIN
  • A criminal is looking for a soft target, who gives him the assurance that he can get his job done easy and fast. 
  • If he feels that you are not going to be as easy as he assumed and this may result in a prolonged confrontation, he loses interest.
Go for the soft targets
  • Extreme aggression is a powerful deterrent even if it is faked.
  • Act Defiant. Shout loudly. Kick, scratch, bite.
  • Go for the Eyes, Groin and other vulnerable spots.
 10. ARMED
USE ANYTHING WITHIN REACH
Use available objects
In KravMaga we teach women to use any available object -

  • Shield like - Bags, Chairs
  • Stick like - Umbrellas, Broomsticks
  • Knife like - Pens, Forks, Scissors
  • Stone like- Paper weights, artifacts, Vessels
  • Blinding - Alcohol, Sand, Perfume/Deodorant

  • Under extreme threat scenarios, invest in a pepper spray or any deterrent device, depending on local laws..
  • Learn a practical street smart self defense. like KravMaga. 
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    Chennai Chapter, Krav Maga (IKMF) India
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