In light of the recent sad events in Thetford and Brandon it’s worth considering what you might do if you were attacked. We cover a lot of ground in our regular classes and self-defence courses, but being reminded of the basics never hurts.
If someone threatens you, SHOUT! LOUD, REPETITIVE and SIMPLE commands. “GET BACK!” “GO AWAY!” “I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT!” People are always interested in drama and when they see what’s going on they may assist you. Shouting for HELP is less likely to have the same effect sadly. Also this might be enough to frighten the attacker off.
The oldest law in the land, Common Law, allows us to defend ourselves and our property with force that is reasonable and proportionate. We are sometimes loathe to do it as we are worried about getting in trouble ourselves. In that moment however you are the most important factor, keep safe and do what you must to get away. Learning basic self-defence at Kuk Sool Won™ of Thetford for example gives you simple, effective and safe techniques to use in a confrontation. We can also help you think through and justify proportionality.
Remember, carrying an offensive weapon is illegal no matter what it’s intended purpose is and should not be an option to consider.
You can do many things to increase your safety when you are out:
- Stay in busy, well-lit areas
- Travel in a group, if possible
- Respect other people’s personal space
- Don’t take short cuts through dark alleys, parks etc. Walk facing the traffic, so a car cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.
- Don’t hitch-hike or take lifts from strangers.
- Walk away from confrontational situations as soon as possible
- Go to the police or a doctor if you have been attacked.
If you do decide to defend yourself, be aware that your attacker may be stronger than you. It is often better to shout and run away. Call the police immediately on 999 if you feel you are in any danger – it is what they are there for.
- You can use reasonable force in self-defence. You will have to able to justify any action you take as reasonable, proportionate and necessary in the circumstances.
- Self-defence classes may help you feel more secure.
Advice for Women
- Cover up expensive-looking jewellery
- Carry your bag close to you with the clasp facing inwards.
- Carry your house keys in your pocket. If someone grabs your bag, let it go, do not get hurt. Your safety is more important than your property.
- When walking alone carry a personal attack alarm. Carry it in your hand so you can use it immediately to scare off an attacker.
- Arrange transport home in advance. Do not go out alone. Don’t get isolated from your friends.
- Stay in well-lit areas and don’t wander in areas you are unsure of.
- Never leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from someone who you don’t know or trust.
- If you feel drunk, dizzy or disoriented seek help from a trusted friend or a member of bar staff.
- Consider carefully whether to leave with someone you have just met.