Under: Self-defense
7 Mar 2010

7 Responses to “Girls Attacked Jogging in SoCal; What Can We Do?”

  1. TheMartialArtsReporter Says:

    Hey John,
    You did an awesome job reporting
    on this very disturbing topic.
    I feel for these and girls/women
    being attacked.
    It really ticks me off, big time,
    what happens out there way too often.
    I am compelled to continue my quest
    to make aware of the necessity of
    women’s self-defense starting with avoidance
    and awareness of certain situations and areas
    as you so often describe.
    I picked up on a story that you already wrote
    about in 2008.
    My reminder/version of it was already scheduled for
    this Thursday even before reading your today’s post,
    which only reaffirms my sentiment.
    Keep up the great work and let’s continue the good fight.
    Stay safe!
    .-= TheMartialArtsReporter´s last blog ..Do You Really Have A Combat Mindset? =-.

  2. Matt Says:

    Nicely written John. It’s funny, I was just discussing the same thing over on my blog how nobody gets a free pass when it comes to personal safety, and as unfortunate as it is we have to recognize the possibilities for becoming a victim.

    I think your article here brings to light one of the realities of self defense for women.

    well done.
    .-= Matt´s last blog ..Even Funakoshi Got Caught Off Guard =-.

  3. Marciais BRASIL Says:

    Hello! I read your question “How easy can your martial art transition to self-defense and do you train for this!” on http://convocation.ning.com/. I thought it was very interesting. Two days ago I made a blog about marcial arts too for brazilians. I ejoyed yours and linked on mine. Bye!
    .-= Marciais BRASIL´s last blog ..TOP Marcial Shots – Parte I =-.

  4. Dr. J Says:

    We had a similar incident here a while ago. A woman was running very early in the morning in an upscale neighborhood and was attacked. He jumped out of the bushes and hit her with a pistol in the face, then sexually assaulted her. I think the only thing that saved her is someone else came along. They thought the rapist was trying to help a fallen woman, but seeing the other guy, the rapist ran away. He has never been caught. I don’t think that martial arts training would have saved her, it happened so fast.
    [edited to make ad friendly after this point]
    I run alone almost every day along a deserted country road. I was attacked by three wild [animals of the canine persuasion] a few years ago on my run. There is no doubt in my mind that my training saved me! I was only bit once on the leg over a 10 minute battle, and I eventually got away, slowly putting distance between the raw meat they had been eating and me. I lost that battle, but I won the war when after I ran home, I came back, and country justice prevailed. If someone less skilled than me, or a child had come across them, they would have been [hurt by the offending beasts], in my opinion.
    .-= Dr. J´s last blog ..Lab Notes: Like Salt or Sweets, the Human Tongue Can “Taste” Fat; Overprotective Parents May Slow Kids’ Brain Growth =-.

  5. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Tiger – thanks and we have to keep up the good fight!

    Hi Matt! I read your post… a lot to digest that even the greatest fighters will have to resort to self-defense. You can never tell who you are messing with… better to always be respectful.

    Hi Marciais! Cool looking website – I added your link. Thanks for the link back.

    Hi Dr J! Yep there is no real defense against being blind sided except for (hopefully esp or awareness) a little luck! Most anyone can fall to this type of attack. If you can take a few shots your chances go way up (if you are a fighter).

    Most people are afraid of animals for some reason… they only have one weapon but more than one is tough! Good job Dr. J! I’d say your training pulled you through for sure.

  6. ConcealedSafety Says:

    This is a great looking and informative website. Women can protect themselves if they take the right precautions. I have a website you can check out: http://www.concealedsafety.com.

  7. SOS Says:

    20 ways to keep yourself safe
    Here are 20 tips that may help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of sexual assault.
    – 1. Try not to isolate yourself or your location Day or night when you are alone you are much more vulnerable. Mace spray may be your best protection if you do find yourself alone.

    – 2. Stay in the light. Criminals thrive on the element of surprise.

    – 3. Get in the car, don’t hang around parking lots. Get in the car and drive.

    – 4. Practice with your weapon of choice. Take a class read a book, research and practice your moves. Be prepared when the time comes.

    – 5. Organize, don’t reach for your mace spray and pull out your pen. Keep your hand bag in order and your weapons in an easy to reach location.

    – 6. Carry weapons to protect yourself as often as possible.

    – 7. Know your weaknesses. Bad knees lacking endurance. Work on your weakness’s and make them your strength’s.

    – 8. Stay vigilant watch your back and know your surroundings.

    – 9. Think on your feet and be prepared. Respond quickly.

    – 10. Wait in a well lit area. When waiting for transportation stay within reach of other people.

    – 11. Busy train compartments are the safer option when traveling late at night

    – 12. Medium traffic train compartments are a good choice during rush hours. You don’t want to be groped or fondled without finding out who the perpetrator is.

    – 13. Have your keys ready when on your way to the car. Get in and go

    – 14. When driving keep your doors locked and your windows closed.

    – 15. Keep your car locked. At the gas station store or library you can never be too careful.

    – 16. Call a taxi instead of hailing one. The driver can be better traced this way.

    – 17. Walk against traffic so you can be better seen by oncoming cars. Be sure not to get blinded by the lights though.

    – 18. Avoid using an MP3 or anything that plugs into your ears. You need to be alert and aware of your surroundings.

    – 19. Watch your drinks. Someone may slip something into your drink that could render you helpless.

    – 20. Practice self defense and take classes!
    All your security needs at http://www.sos-defense.com