By Kellene Bishop
Continuation from Are You Prey for a Rapist Part I from yesterday…
If you do have to encounter an assailant up close and personal, make your hits count. Most women go for the groin first and foremost, but understand that every would-be rapist is very familiar with this “knee-jerk reaction” and prepared to thwart it.
My first physical shot, if necessary, would be a solid hit to the throat where the likelihood of collapsing his windpipe is high. At the very least, he will be distracted long enough for me to make my next move.
- Next move, is right between the eyes on the bridge of the nose. Such a strike will stun them and cause their eyes to naturally pool with blood. This will impair their vision.
- THEN I do a hit to the groin. Understand that you’re not hitting the groin as a sign of disregard for their manliness. This particular hit is connected to the core of their senses, especially when they are heightened with rage or arousal! It will debilitate them and can even kill them. No matter. Make the hit count. Regardless of how fit they are, each of these strategies aims for a vulnerable spot that even the “Terminator” can’t easily absorb.
I’ve heard instructions from other “experts” to pinch the under arm as hard as you can between the elbow and the arm pit. That can work well on someone who does not have strongly defined biceps. However, if they have defined muscles, you will have wasted your energy and just made them mad.
I also highly recommend that women practice the leg sweep defense:
- Lay on your back. Have someone get on top of you resembling the rapist. Most rapists will have their hands on your throat or mouth until at one critical point in which they will only have one hand there. Have your helper put their hand on your neck as if to strangle or prevent movement.
- (At some point they will HAVE to reach for their offensive body part, belt buckle, or something else.) At this moment you want to grab his wrist with both of your hands. (It’s a natural reaction, so hopefully you won’t have to think twice about doing this.)
- Then bring up your leg that is on the same side of your body as his hand/arm is. Cross your leg in front of their neck to the opposite side of his head and then pull them down towards the direction of their arm. (If you’re using the left leg, pull them down to the left. If you’re using the right leg, pull them down to the right.) You’ll be surprised just how strong your thigh muscles are. Do this quickly and without hesitation.
- Be sure to bring the leg directly across your body. They will have to flip on their back and will be at approximately your 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock position. Your leg will be directly across their neck, thus inhibiting air flow.
- While you are flipping them on their back, keep their arm extended, in your grasp, and tightly in between your breastplate.
- Once they are flipped over, slide over as fast as possible so that your groin is planted just under their shoulder and your other leg is across their chest. You will then be perpendicular to them.
- Keep their arm close to your chest and then raise your pelvic area for all it’s worth. (I couldn’t do this in the picture or else I would have broken my husband’s arm.)
The power is not in the legs. It’s not in the arm hold. It’s in the pelvic raise right under their shoulder. This will break their arm indubitably. Yes, keep your legs strong on their neck and chest, and yes, keep your grip on their arm firm. But remember, that the key is for you to be squarely under their shoulder with your pelvic area. A little goes a long way with this move so don’t worry about your back strength. Between the broken arm and accompanying pain as well as the lack of air supply you will have defeated your assailant sufficiently for you to get help, get your gun, or at best—get away.
Here’s the most important part of this exercise though—putting yourself in a position in which someone is on top of you with their hand to your throat and you having an exit strategy. If you will do this, the likelihood of your surviving a rape attempt goes up NINETY percent, simply because you have done the necessary mental exercise to NOT be defeated. (By the way, when practicing this at home, please be careful of the pelvic lift. You WILL break someone’s arm. When my husband and I practice this, I raise gently until he “taps out” with his other hand letting me know I’ve caused him sufficient pain.)
So in a nutshell, be aware, be ready, and be armed with the right tools of self-defense. Let’s stop showing these blankety-blank cowards that we’re easy marks.
Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved. You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.