Students Fend Off Attackers During Self-Defense Course

Students Fend Off Attackers During Self-Defense Course


>>Donna I don’t think that we realize often
how vulnerable women are in our society. [Lower you hand a little, the other one, there
we go]>>The acronym, Rape Aggression Defense, is
really the idea that women were being abducted, sexually assaulted, raped. That often times,
when those crimes happen, there’s not a lot of time for law enforcement to get there and
to assist these women. You need to take immediate action.
[If you’re in a rear choke, what’s your immediate reaction.]
>>One of the important things is that preparation. The idea that preparation starts with sort
of getting familiar with your environment, knowing where you’re going. That’s building
people up so they’re much more confidant when they’re actually in that position when they
have that attacker.>>Attacker What’s up? What they gonna do now?
>>Donna When it comes to the simulation, we have our experienced officers.
>>Attacker What’s up cutie? The feeling to see these women do things that they never
thought they could do, to build the confidence and the fortitude, to show them that they
have the ability and are capable of, that’s our gratification.
>>Attacker You’re standing here with nothing to do and we need somebody
>>Donna The techniques that we use, the drills, are really everyday situations, you know,
using the ATM, looking at that personal space, keeping that personal space, using your voice
to not give up. The officers are so charged, these women come alive and actually demonstrate
this.>>Attacker We get our butts kicked. We get
hurt for this stuff. We love it A good hit to the face can man shut somebody up and knock
them to their knees. [girls cheering]
>>Donna One of the things we view in terms of what we’re doing is not just somebody is
taking a class to get a grade, but that we’re teaching people life skills to be safe at
Temple University and beyond Temple University. [cheering]

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