Expert Author Brian N. Cox
The United Nations reports that up to three million women are murdered on average every year, most of which are preceded by rape or sexual assault. Approximately 24,000 women going missing in the USA every year, few of whom are ever heard of again unless their remains are found. It is presumed by law enforcement that most of these women were raped and murdered. Martha Stout, a psychologist at Harvard University, estimates that up to four percent of the population are sociopaths or psychopaths... (the difference between the two conditions are not relevant for these purposes).
In some countries, but not all, there is public pressure to investigate these disappearances and murders and there are increased efforts to do this. Investigations, however, are after-the-fact. More important, of course, is devising ways in which these rapes and murders can be prevented. It is not just important, it is vital for women of all ages to learn strategies and tactics that will enable them to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of sexual predators. Women are often told to avoid dangerous areas for their safety and wellbeing but sexual predators are not confined to "dangerous areas"; they can be present on the street, at parties, in remote areas and even in the home.
The first priority for every woman is to learn to become more aware of their surroundings at all times. This ranges from developing and using their peripheral vision, to understanding their surroundings, to recognizing potential danger, to not allowing themselves to become distracted, to developing street smarts. For example, walking after dark almost anywhere listening to a mobile audio device can make a woman a target for predators on the prowl for victims. In fact, if women distract themselves in this manner, they can be attacked or abducted in broad daylight in areas of sparse foot traffic. Learning how to react to strangers, even something as innocuous as someone asking for the time, could be the set-up for an assault. Not covering windows in the home after dark or even answering the door could have dire consequences.
Some women carry self-defense devices, i.e., pepper spray, electro-shock device, or even a handgun where it is legal, however, unless these devices are in one's hand at all times, they will be of little use against a surprise attack.
There are many strategies and tactics a woman can learn and employ to reduce her risk and it incumbent upon her to learn of these things. Furthermore, a basic knowledge of a practical method of self-defense can be invaluable. It must be simple, direct, uncomplicated, potentially lethal and can be learned in a short time. If a woman arms herself with this knowledge she should be able to live her life in safety and without fear.
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