In todays blog we turn our attention to another example of how a little self-defense knowledge could have prevented an attack during an everyday situation. Remember, self-defense doesn’t make you invincible, but can give you a fighting chance and sometimes that’s the only chance you need to survive.
Lisa Davies 46 of Denver Colorado had always enjoyed looking for deals online as opposed to fighting the crowds in the stores on big sale days such as Black Friday etc. and buying and selling online had become an enjoyable hobby for her. She never expected this hobby to turn into a dangerous activity.
“I had always enjoyed looking for deals online and making a few bucks here and there on sites like eBay and Craigslist, a profitable hobby you could say. I get to meet many nice people too as part of the fun is getting out and about going to houses to check items out and pick them up.”
“It never entered my head that doing this could be dangerous in the slightest! But after this experience it has totally changed my outlook on my hobby and indeed people in general.”
“I had called a guy about an antique lamp he had online and arranged a time to go and check it out, it was a great deal and I was really excited about heading over there. Part of the thrill of this hobby is coming across a great deal knowing you can sell it on for twice as much as you’re paying for it.”
“When I arrived at the address the guy was very charming and polite, he explained he had just had back-surgery, and would I mind helping him get the lamp out of the garage. Not a problem I thought.”
“This was the moment things suddenly turned very ugly, as I followed him into the garage, he suddenly closed the garage door and before I knew it, he grabbed a hold of me and with some force he knocked me to the ground and was immediately on top of me, so much for his back-surgery story!”
“Thankfully the only thing that saved me from being sexually assaulted was the fact he couldn’t perform, frustrated by his inability he chose to beat me instead. Now call me naïve but this totally shocked me that this could ever happen to me.”
“I managed to escape and call the police who came and arrested the guy. I had a narrow escape and learned my lesson; I had a few bruises and was badly shaken by this nasty incident but otherwise I guess unharmed.
Since then I only visit houses with friends, never alone like this ever again. Can’t be too careful these days it would seem.”
A little self-defense knowledge could certainly have helped stop the attack when it started but this is a case of where being situationally aware could have prevented Lisa from being put at risk by her own actions.
Not only was it dangerous to go to a stranger’s house alone but to follow the guy into his garage really increased the risk of attack very highly which of course was exactly what happened.
Never go to a stranger’s house alone, if you must go at all for whatever reason then always have a friend with you and tell someone else the address you’re going to, that way someone will know where you are. Be careful of your surroundings and the people around you. This is being situationally aware, you first line of self-defense.
Thankfully she learned her lesson without being sexually assaulted, she was still attacked and received a few bruises and was shaken by her ordeal, but this could have been so much worse.
After reading this, has this happened to you or someone you know? If so, were you able to escape unharmed? Have you put yourself at risk without first thinking of the possible dangers?