Written By: SJ Neri
Lauren Kosrow, a librarian here at Triton College, is also a black belt. Lauren gave a very informative lecture on how to avoid being a victim of an assault. Following her talk in Parachutes Lounge, she gave a demonstration on a few defensive moves one can use to escape an attacker. Here are a few tips Lauren gave during her lecture:Lauren’s stresses this point first and foremost; if you can remove yourself, without having to defend yourselfWhen, you should do that.
- walking to your car at night, or on campus, be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Do not always stare at your phone while walking in public, this keeps you from knowing what is going on around you.
- If you insist on walking (or jogging) with earphones in, you should leave one earbud out, so you can hear someone coming up behind you.
Stand Up For Yourself
- Unfortunately most unwelcome contact will come from someone you know, not a stranger.
- Set clear boundaries with those people by very clearly stating “You’re making me uncomfortable.”
- Feel confident and empowered to stand up for yourself.
- Leave the unsafe situation. If you really feel unsafe, walk back to your school building (or any open building with people) and call the campus police.
- If possible run, don’t worry about how you look to anyone, it’s a much better situation to just remove yourself.
- If other techniques do not work to remove yourself, defend yourself.
- Fight. Punching someone can really hurt your hand, it’s better to scratch or elbow your attackers face.
- Use whatever works to get yourself out of the unsafe situation. When you have disabled your attacker, or distracted him, run.
Eyes – Use finger nails to scratch at the eyes. The face and eyes are great targets.
Groin – A knee to the groin is very effective. When your attack is doubled over, run.
Neck – The neck is a good place to punch or elbow.
Nose – The nose is very sensitive, an upward thrust with the palm of your hand can be very
Feet – Use your foot to stomp on the top of your attackers’ foot.
Jaw – Use your elbow to strike the jaw, as a punch can seriously hurt your hand.