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In 2008, victims age 12 or older experienced a total of 203,830 rapes or sexual assaults. The attackers of these assaults look for the most vulnerable women when lurking for a victim. Predators are known to look for women who seems weak, are not paying attention, and have items they can benefit from. Most attacks can be prevented by a few simple steps that all women and girls should make a habit of. These steps include:

1) Awareness and Self-confidence – Awareness is key, and by staying off the phone while alone, it gives the sense of awareness. It lets the attacker know the education and potential defensive skills possessed, and that way they are less likely to attack someone that would not be easy to take advantage of.

2) Utilizing the Police or Security Personnel – The best possible protection can come from the police and security in the area. In certain circumstances, such as walking in a parking lot, the officer would be more than happy to protect you – that is what they are there for. Asking to be accompanied to your vehicle may seem intimidating at the time, but is ultimately worth it.

3) Everyday Weapons – One well-known self defense weapon is Mace, and it is a useful weapon. However, some items are not thought to be used in self-defense. The panic button on car keys should be in hand while walking to the car. If attacked, the panic button can sound and give off a public alarm for help and a sign of distress without any thought. If the panic button is immediately pressed, it may scare off the attacker. Ultimately, the most effective weapon is the voice. By loudly saying “Are you following me?!” , shows the attacker that you will scream and attract attention to the situation making yourself unattractive to the attacker.

4) Know your skills and strengths – The best way to stay informed is by attending just one self defense class, and you can bulletproof your mind. Key moves and tips on how to escape an attacker or knowing of pressure points to release yourself from the attacker’s grip are essential. Academy Sophomore Rachel Mckenna explains, “I plan on taking a self-defense class soon because I wouldnt know how to protect myself in that kind of situation.”

5) Follow your intuition – That danger feeling is called Intuition. Intuition is the sixth sense that can act as a protection against any attacker. With being aware comes the sense of intuition, and when you follow your intuition instincts you will most likely be right. Academy Senior Danielle Orr shares, “One time I was working at a food pantry, and I was walking back from the bathroom. Then I heard someone behind me, I looked, and I saw someone jump into the bushes. I took a second look, and realized it was a man who had said demeaning comments to me the week prior. The church ended up filing a restraining order against the man.”

Ultimately, Christopher Man-Son-Hing from Man-Son-Hing Martial Arts Academy advises that a woman should always be aware of her surroundings and have self-confidence while walking alone or with another female. Next time you’re at risk, remember these tips, and make a habit of them to keep yourself safe. Check out more here.

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About the Writer
Karlee Nipper, Features Editor

Walking down the halls off Academy, it’s hard to miss the bubbly laughter and “so bad they’re funny” puns made by the one and only Karlee Nipper.  The senior features editor, who loves to throw up a peace sign and share her puns, is the type of girl who will go out of her way to try and learn more about her sisters.  Joining ACHONA meant that she could see more of what goes on inside of Academy. The reason she became features editor was so she could learn new things everyday about events her other sisters take part in.  “By doing this I am able to strike a conversation with a girl I’m unfamiliar with. I love to connect with girls and learn about them.”  When not working on Achona-based things, she focusing on college applications and organizing a 5K, in January, with The Shoe That Grows which gives shoes to the children of La Victoria.  “I know I have to do the hard stuff now to get into the really fun stuff and I know in the end, it’s gonna be worth the time I put into it.” She comments on how her year is going.  Whenever she needs a break from all of the stresses that surround her life,  Karlee likes to head to the gym.  She spends most of her time on the treadmill because while organizing the 5K, she also plans on running it.  She finds it freeing and an easy way to get stress out.  As for the future, Karlee plans to volunteer at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium working in the sea turtle rehab department this summer.  It’s hard to miss Karlee fawning over dolphins or talking about how happy she is. No day is a bad day when Karlee’s there to cheer you up!

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Do you know how to defend yourself?