A major recurring theme of this website is reviewing some real life actions that have helped some people escape the worst of an attack! In this post I will look at attacks from December 2009, in the US, Canada and Uganda to demonstrate what is possible.
These three attacks while very different, have one common thread – The women or girls fought back! The main question running through most women’s minds in an attack is probably how do I get out of this alive?
By the time an attack happens, a woman has exhausted everything she has been taught about how to avoid or get away from an attack and is left with the fact that it is really happening. Let me just say before launching into my review, that the decision to act or not act is a personal decision. You (the victim) will have to live with your decision (assuming you survive) so please consider the possibility that fighting back in some form can work and make an educated decision to SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Here is a related video to set the stage from Erin Weed (Girls Fight Back).
In the first attack here, a girl was being molested by a group of about eight guys. The girl broke free and ran down to the subway but was caught and dragged out of the train by the guys. She ended up stabbing one of the guys and broke free again and caught the train for her get away!
This case happened in Queens, NY and is in flux. The girl is being sought for questioning in this case. How scary was it for the girl that eight guys attacked her and no one came to her aid? That is crazy but in similar cases, the transit employees have established all they do in many cases is call the police.
The girl in this case as far as I can tell did everything right. She was outnumbered by the guys and initially just tried to get away. After they caught her she found/had a knife and used it on them! She then made her escape! This girl is not a vigilante but a woman trying to defend herself!
In this next attack out of Canada, a 12 year old girl was approached by a man asking for directions to a liquor store here. At that point the man grabbed the girl and started pulling her to his car.
This girl yelled, screamed, punched and kicked at the man so a bunch of neighbors were alerted and started to come to her rescue! The guys detained this animal for police!
This girl did everything right and even though her strikes were apparently ineffective (she was not able to get free) – she alerted others that she was being attacked! This is key because bystanders generally do not know if a father is retrieving a mis-behaving daughter or not. If a girl makes a ruckus and fights back – it is clear to everyone that a pervert is attacking a girl! And people help out!
The last example of a successful self defense is from Uganda here. The girl was found alone outside by a herdsman who told her he wanted to have sex with her. The girl ran inside, was attacked and fought back, escaped out a window. The herdsman followed so the girl picked up a rock and struck the man.
Uganda is a land locked nation in central Africa, with Congo to the west, Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south. After reviewing the wikipedia article I did not realize that this nation had such a recent war history. Apparently this is where Idi Amin seized power (I’ve not tracked world events much).
As far as I know there is no type of martial art that teaches fighting with stones but if you think about it, common items one can find laying around can be lethal self defense weapons.
This girl acted exactly right in trying to get away and then fighting back! I have no cultural awareness of why the girl was arrested (for obvious self-defense) in Uganda but hopefully this is just procedural and girl is freed soon.
So there you have it, three diverse examples of how girls fighting back have saved their lives. While one cannot say for sure if the girls had not fought back – what their fate would have been, one can say these girls are safe for having the courage to act in the face of powerful attackers (men) and fight back!
I hope these examples have inspired you to take some local self-defense courses as a minimum or a martial art (read any fighting method) for a better mastery of how you can defend yourself.