When you suddenly find yourself under assault in the middle of the night, say, when you’re walking through a parking lot, it’s important to be resourceful and know what you can do to save yourself. Not everyone is a champion karate fighter, and you can probably assume that most girls aren’t armed with guns and knives. If that’s the case, here are three ways to defend yourself regardless.
1.) Cause a Commotion
When you’re under attack, this is one time that it’s acceptable to have a big mouth. Scream at the top of your lungs. Yell as loud as you can. Draw attention to yourself.
There are other ways to do this, too. Look for any objects nearby that you can throw. Aim a rock at the window a few feet away. Glass makes a lot of noise when it’s being shattered.
Here’s another good tip: If you’re ever under attack near your car, set the alarm off. Nothing annoys people more than an incessantly honking car alarm. They’ll come out to investigate who exactly is irritating them and in the process, they’ll probably scare your attacker away.
2.) Carry a Flashlight on You
Attackers don’t want to be seen, for obvious reasons. You can bet that they’re looking for a dark corner to back you into. If you’re equipped with a flashlight and thus more easily visible, they won’t be as eager to approach you.
There are other things to consider, too. Go out and look for a small, handheld flashlight that also has a distress light. Some even come with alarms. These can oftentimes be found as small devices that hook onto your key chains.
3.) Random Objects can be Used as Weapons
Maybe you left your pepper spray at home and think that you’ve been left unarmed when an attacker comes at you. Not so fast, though! What else are you in possession of? Are you wearing jewelry? Necklaces, earrings, watches, and rings can seriously hurt someone when used the right way. Did you know that your high heels can puncture skin? How about your car keys? Those would hurt pretty badly if they were dragged across someone’s face.
Let’s say that worst case scenario, you can’t think of a darn thing to use as a weapon. That’s when you use your body. You don’t need to be a black belt to fend off an attacker. You have fingernails. You have teeth. You have sharp, hard elbows and knees. Get to work!
You might have to get a little creative, but there is always a way to fight back. It’s important to have a plan beforehand and know what you’re going to do worst case scenario. Know your surroundings, be on guard, and don’t let any assailant mistake you for a weak little girl! You’re not a target and you’re not a victim, so don’t be afraid to defend yourself.
Ruth Gossard writes for sports and martial arts sites that feature weapons for defense.