IF SOMEONE IS TRYING TO SEXUALLY ASSAULT YOU SHOULD YOU FIGHT BACK OR LIE BACK AND THINK OF ENGLAND?

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Many years ago advice to women in the UK who were likely to be sexually assaulted was not to fight back but instead, to submit to the will of the assailant because by submitting and not resisting you would be less likely to suffer and sever injuries or die.

Hoverver, this advice, given by agencies such as the police was never actually based on any real evidential research.

In the USA however, one of the largest studies ever undertaken by the Justice Department, which collected records on more than two-million women throughout the United States who had been attacked, found that women who in some way or other resisted their attacker doubled their chances of avoiding rape.

Dr, Pauline Bart (who undertook the research)said; “What women should know is that they will increase the probability of avoiding rape when attacked through using active strategies and multiple strategies particularly the combination of yelling and physically resisting”.

IS IT REALLY LESS DANGEROUS TO RESIST THE ATTACKER?

In her research, Dr. Bart looked explored the question as to whether or not resisting and fighting back would increase the risk of being seriously injured or killed and Dr. Bart found very little evidence to that effect?

She also conlcuded that there was no difference between those women who physically resisted and fought back and those women who did absolutely nothing! What the research concluded was that you do not increase your chance of serious injury by resisting or fighting back, which was contrary to what the police and Home Office in the UK were advising at the time.

DOES LEARNING SELF DEFENCE WORK FOR WOMEN WHO ARE AT RISK OF BEING RAPED?

The short answer, based on Dr. Bart’s research is yes.

The research concluded that women who undertook self defence training, even for brief periods of time, were more likely to avoid being raped and were more likely to be aware of danger earlier then people who had had no such training.

SELF DEFENCE TRAINING HAS MANY BENEFITS:

1. It can reduce the risk of you becoming a victim of a violent assault by increasing your confidence.

2. It can double your chance of surviving a violent assault.

COMBINE THE ABOVE FACTS WITH PRINCIPLE-BASED TECHNIQUES THAT ARE:

a) Very Effective;

b) Simple to Use, and;

c) Easy to Learn (whilst having immense fun in the process).

And you have an course for women that has scientifically proven evidence to reduce the risk of someone becoming a victim, and, if (in an extre case) they were attacked, it also increase the chances of them surviving the attack.

In my blog post: ‘Why it is important for women to learn self-defence?’ I published the following facts:

· Approximately 85.000 women are raped in England and Wales every year.
· That’s roughly 11 rapes every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts.
· 1 in 5 women aged 16-59 experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of sixteen.
· 31% of young women aged 18-24 report having experienced sexual abuse in child hood.

(These figures come from An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales, the first ever joint official statistics bulletin on sexual violence released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Home Office in January 2013.)

JOIN ME ON MY NEXT SELF DEFENCE COURSE FOR WOMEN

I’d like to invite you to join me for a FREE one and a half hour Self-Defence session that has been specifically put on to help women and girls avoid becoming victims of sexual abuse.

The course will be run locally in the Radcliffe area between 6.30 – 8pm and I will be confirming the venue soon.

The course will be limited to only 10 people on a first-come first-served basis and if you’d like to come along please email me at: sam_huskings@hotmail.co.uk now

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