Girls Escape Kidnap Attempts!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
7 Feb 2009

3 Responses to “Girls Escape Kidnap Attempts!”

  1. Adam @ Low Tech Combat Says:

    These must be terrifying scenarios for kids. Teaching children about being safe is a very worthwhile cause and all parents should take it seriously.

    However, I have serious reservations about the experiences shown in the video. That story seems to imply a successful strategy for dealing with this scenario is by striking the attacker in the nose using the element of surprise.

    I feel that this is very very poor advice. Yes she defended herself and yes, she came out unscathed this time. I feel she was very lucky. After all that happened she should NOT have walked back to her car. She could easily have been overwhelmed and kidnapped by the attacker and driven away in her own car! And she had her back to the suspect guy as she approached her car with zero awareness of her surroundings.

    After the ATM harassment and him following her, she should have immediately gone into a shop and told one of the staff. Or called out like you say John and gotten the attention of security if they were available. If she goes into a shop to get assistance from someone in there (hopefully an adult and more than just one), and he loitered around the area, they simply call the police.

    Another risk of going to the car and driving off is that they may follow their prey home…

    Striking techniques should be taught but the number one PRIORITY is teaching kids about awareness. This should include how to approach their car in car parks. Especially if they have just been harassed. The video to me just seems to have missed so many steps that should have been taken. It is almost like she accidentally emerged unscathed rather than what she did being the ideal solution.

    All the same, I am glad she is OK. I feel that this is quite an emotive topic. I have a real dislike for these people such as the one that harassed this girl.

    And John, I already subscribe to your RSS feed :)

  2. Matt Klein Says:

    In self-defence classes for women and teens, we always advise them to carry the keys in the jab hand, longest one poking out. You can get into your house or car faster and you can use it as a serious weapon. But the key excuse the pun is the willingness to use it. We also instruct them to look for a PAL (people, activity, and lights) if they feel threatened. Trusting our instincts is very important. If you get a bad feeling look for a PAL immediately. It is fortunate she got away. A palm heel is a good weapon but not is good as a key, as you mention, John.

  3. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Adam – yep if they avoid the attack that is so much better then having to try and come out of it ok. That is missing from so many youtube videos – pointing out what should be obivious. Good point that should be repeted over and over!
    Hi Matt – I like PAL – it sums up an easy way to remember the main goal – avoidence if possbile and also which way to escape!