On CBS' 48 HOURS MYSTERY "TAKEN" (broadcast of 10/6/10) the real-life horror story is told of a predator who kills 2 girls and admits he would kill again. Another got away using simple self-defense. But the best self-defense is never having to use it in the first place. Watch full episode.
Trust no one, especially strangers offering assistance. Always carry a fully charged cell phone with battery back-up. Maintain a personal comfort zone around you of at least 5 feet whenever possible.
2. WHAT RHYMES WITH GUN? RUN!
No matter where you are, inside, outside, city street or country lane, the instant you see either gun metal or a knife, run like your life depends on it...because it does. If you are not disabled, infirm, trapped or restrained, you should leave skid marks on the ground. Don't even wait for them to say anything. Police statistics show that the odds of being shot are small because a) the original "plan" has been disrupted b) gunfire attracts attention and c) the odds of you being hit are small and d) the odds of being hit with a lethal shot are even smaller. Even when shot (in non-lethal areas) the human body under adrenaline can be unbelievably resilient. As civilized human beings we are conditioned to be polite and politically correct. The psychopathic criminal knows this. Do what any wild animal does and bolt at the first inkling of danger and not after. Fear can also immobilize you and the psychopathic criminal knows this also and relies on it.
3. DO NOT GO TO CRIME SCENE #2
If somehow you are forced into the vehicle then do whatever you have to do to crash the vehicle. Wait until you are doing at least 25 mph and then rip out his eyes, bite his throat, scratch, hit and punch his testicles and grab the steering wheel. Police statistics show that abductors lose interest in you fast in a car accident and the injuries you might incur are far less than what he will inflict upon you should you arrive at his chosen destination.
4. DO NOT CONFUSE THIS WITH A MUGGING
If you are restrained and the criminal demands money, give it to him. All of it, and quickly and politely. However, if he wants to then take you somewhere, police statistics show that if you make your stand right there, you have a better chance of surviving than if you're taken to crime scene #2.
There is much more to know about self-defense awareness but just knowing the above can and has saved the lives of many.
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