Is self-defense OK? Avoidance of danger is your first moral responsibility!


Avoidance of danger is your first moral responsibility. But when you find yourself in a dangerous situation you could not avoid, defending yourself is absolutely the most moral and ethical course of action. It is also the most effective!

March 25, 2004 -- Avoidance of danger is your first moral responsibility. But when you find yourself in a dangerous situation you could not avoid, defending yourself is absolutely the most moral and ethical course of action. It is also the most effective! Knowing your attacker does not change your right to self-defense, and it should not change your conviction that you are worth defending.

Traditionally women have been given a selection of options that are either impractical, ineffective ("Spray him in the eyes with hairspray", "Get a rape whistle"), or don't cover the whole spectrum of possibilities in which self-protection might be necessary. For example, advice such as "Don't go into dangerous areas at night, stay home" ignores the fact that a high percentage of rapes occur when the woman is in her home, and also ignores the fact that some women must work after dark! This advice also ignores the fact that some women are being targeted for violence by assailants who will not be deterred by casual protective measures which would work against random crime or low levels of threat.

Where can a woman who wants to learn about self-protection go for information and advice? Not to the police, who are often bound by department policy not to even mention the higher levels of protection in their talks to the public. Where can she meet women who have experienced being sprayed with pepper spray, or hit with a stun gun, to learn the pros and cons of those methods of self protection? Where can she talk with women whose range of expertise includes practical defensive tactics or even firearms, and who deeply understand more than one method of self-protection?

"Fighting back" is not an effective option unless you are taught precisely how to fight back - where can you meet women (and men) who have had extensive training equivalent to that given to police, and who are certified to teach the same skills to other civilians? The answer is: AWARE.

Should you? Could you? Is it better to fight back, or not? It's virtually always better to fight back, particularly if you are trained in how to fight back appropriately. Women who fight back are injured less often, are more successful in stopping the attack, regardless of what kind of attack it is, and feel better about themselves afterwards. I could never fight back. People who've never been in a situation where they wanted to fight often think that they couldn't fight, but you will find, if you're faced with a life or death situation, that it's very easy to fight. But you need to know how to fight back in order for that instinct to be effective.

Getting training of the type that AWARE and other organizations can provide can be critical to overcoming that emotional resistance to fighting. What can I learn in a few hours or days? A tremendous amount. It's not necessary to take years of training in order to become an effective fighter or in order to develop a personal protection plan that works for you. In a couple of hours or a few days, you can become proficient in a number of different techniques and learn something about how you apply them.

Self-defense is important Women in Serious Danger Need Serious Help All women live with a certain level of risk of violent crime. Statistics show that a woman now 21 years old has a 1 in 4 chance of experiencing a violent crime in her lifetime. For them, much information is already available about how to reduce their risk ("stay alert") and how to respond if something bad happens ("fight back").

Home Security: Batten down the hatches against crime It's late at night. You've been out on the town and you're coming home for some much-needed rest. As you get out of your car, you notice a window is broken out of your front door, and the door is ajar. It appears you've been victimized by a burglar. While your first step after a burglary should be to call the police from a cell phone or a neighbor's house (do not enter your home after a break-in without the police!), there are steps that could have been taken beforehand to avoid being victimized. Trim it back, light it up One of the most important things you can do to protect your home is to ensure high visibility. Cut back trees and bushes that obscure the view of your home from the road or neighboring homes. Also, install flood lights around your home, or ask your electric company to install a light on a utility pole. The easier it is to see your home, the harder it will be for criminals to break in. Invest in quality locks, doors and windows Don't skimp when it comes to locks, doors and windows. Buy the highest quality you can afford. Deadbolts are a must for all entries to home. Solid metal doors are preferable, as opposed to wooden doors or doors with windows. If you can afford it, have a locksmith install locks to ensure the best security possible. Take a step toward the high tech Installing an alarm system can go a long way towards giving you peace of mind. An alarm that automatically summons the police is the best, while an audible alarm will cause the burglar to flee immediately. Document and mark your stuff Record serial numbers and take Polaroids of all your valuable items to enable identification when merchandise is recovered.

Also it's a good idea to arm yourself with a stun gun,pepper spray,or other self defense products it could make a big diffrence in attack situations. is the leading online store for Hi-Tech and related merchandise. is one of the leading companies in the market today because: Privacy, security, and safety are what we are all about at

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