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Self Defense Advice for Women and Girls

The Basics of Self Defense poster. Fight back and be safe.

I would guess that most of here know how dangerous life can be, especially for women. The chance of a violent attack is so often around that it is important to be prepared. I have compiled some information so that all women and girls can be safe. Everyone should know the basics of self defense. I recommend, sharing this post online or printing it out and hanging it up at home so everyone in your family can be safe.

Don't be afraid to use your voice. Speak up when someone harasses you. Nobody deserves to be treated badly. If someone hurts or scares you, they are wrong and you have the right to take action. You have the right to protect yourself. Despite what you may have been taught, you can be strong and stay safe. Empowering yourself requires confidence and knowledge. Use the information below to educate yourself and your friends. If you are attacked, report the crime to the police, your boss, a teacher, family member or friend.

Stay with groups of friends when you are out at night and stay in well lighted areas.
If drinking keep an eye on your glass or someone can slip drugs in your drink. These drugs can be used in any drink because they are colorless and odorless.
When you are alone or in an unfamiliar area pay attention and BE ALERT!
Carry bags close to your body and hide your jewelry when out alone.
Take a self defense class at your local college or recreation center or join a martial arts class.

Roll up a magazine and jab the end into an attackers neck.
Take a brush and rake the bristles across an attackers eyes.
Spray your attacker with mace, perfume or other liquids that will sting when sprayed into their eyes.
Use your keys, pens or nail file to scratch an attackers face and arms or use it to poke them hard in their ribs.
Hit an attacker with your reusable water bottle, a book or bag.
When in doubt yell for help or RUN!

This information is included in my book, I Am More Than Just A Girl,

You can buy the Basics of Self Defense poster in my gift shop:



AchiengNas's picture

Thank yiou

Happy new year, Leah!
Thank you for sharing the self defense tips with us. This would be helpful what I intend to do for girls in my country in the near future.

My name is Beatrice, one of the three speaking tour award winners of World Pulse in 2011.
I hereby introduce you to the new project I am working on here in Uganda; Rural Girl Child Mentor-ship Uganda. Pairing Uganda girls with mentors from across the globe. Please take time to read more about this project and also read and hear personal stories from each girl;
I hope this can answer your question of whom you are to reach.

If you know any body who can join me in this mission, please share with them.

Hoping to hear from you.

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

LeahO's picture

Thank you Beatrice. I will

Thank you Beatrice. I will look at your link.

Leah Oviedo, Self Defense Instructor, Author ,and Artist. Learn about my work here:

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