Women’s Self-defense Technique – Man Pinning Both Wrists in Mount Position

In a January 2018 survey of 1,000 women nationwide, 81 percent reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment, assault, or both in their lifetime.
Verbal harassment was the most common form, but 51 percent of women said they were touched or groped in an unwelcome way, while 27 percent of women survived sexual assault.A study from the University of Oregon found that women who participated in a self-defense class felt they:
had better safety strategies in place
were more equipped to deal with strangers, and people they know, in the context of potential assault or abuse
had more positive feelings about their bodies
had increased self-confidenceUsing your car keys is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself. Don’t use your fingernails, because you’re more at risk to injure your hands.
Instead, if you feel unsafe while walking at night, have your keys stick out from one side of your fist for hammer strikes.Another way to use your keys is to click them onto a lanyard to swing at your attacker.Hold your key ring in a tight fist, like holding a hammer, with keys extending from the side of your hand.
Thrust downward toward your target.Stabilize yourself as best you can.
Lift your dominant leg off the ground and begin to drive your knee upward.
Extend your dominant leg, drive hips forward, slightly lean back, and kick forcefully, making contact between your lower shin or ball of your foot and the attacker’s groin area.With your dominant hand, flex your wrist.
Aim for either the attacker’s nose, jabbing upward from the nostrils, or underneath the attacker’s chin, jabbing upward at the throat.
Make sure to recoil your strike. Pulling your arm back quickly will help thrust the attacker’s head up and back.
This will cause your attacker to stagger backward, allowing you to escape their grasp.Stay in a well-lit public area. Don’t go home or turn away from crowds. Walk into a store or a coffee shop and ask for help.
Call the police. Find a well-lit public area and dial 911 or your local emergency services if you feel you’re in danger.
Carry protection. Whether pepper spray, a personal safety alarm, or a lipstick taser, self-defense tools can help you feel more at ease.