By Indrani Medhi
Every woman probably experiences a nervous, sinking feeling when walking alone at night, fearing what's lurking behind or around that dark corner. Perhaps you've even felt your heart rate speed uncontrollably when you think you're being followed. Crime can happen at any time, to anyone. A woman can become a predator's prey at any point of time/
We spend money to insure our cars, our life, our jewellery, property, travel trips and what not, but yet we hesitate spending money on learning self defence that can truly save our lives. Women's learning of self-defence can have an incredible positive impact and greatly change lives for the better. Self defence can provide women with real insurance to protect their lives. Self defence and self protection are an important priority for women today. The most common crime to happen to a woman is rape or molestation, but it is more about a feeling of dominance from one person over another rather than actual sex. Assault on women is a common crime because assailants assume women to be more passive, docile and non-resistant.
The best chance for survival is to be resistant and to fight back. Fighting back is not just necessary, but it is a moral right because protecting one's self is paramount and over-riding. Self defence is important because statistics say that all women are vulnerable to become victims of violent crime at any point in their lives. When a woman's safety is in danger, defending herself by fighting back is the most ethical decision she can make. Some women find themselves at a greater risk of becoming the victim of either serious assault or murder. Even though women are targeted, the overall point is that their needless victimization can be prevented. Even women who perform the necessary steps to stay alive-such as getting a restraining order, hiding, and filing criminal charges-still end up dead. Therefore, avoiding any violent attack is better that attempting to survive one.
In general, there are several crimes that women are most at risk of like rape, molestation, carjacking, purse snatching, stalking, threats, domestic violence, and crimes against children in their protection. With each type of crime, women need to realize that they don't have to give up and surrender to it or endure it. Prevention relates to women making sure that they limit the situations they find themselves in that can lead to serious crimes happening against them. Some tips include getting a dog, avoiding dark areas at night, and making sure to stay within groups of people when moving. Prevention is commonly the best measure. Still, women have to realize that prevention is not 100 percent effective and crime is inevitable, thus, defending themselves is the best and final recourse. Women should always rely on their brains for self defence, particularly when it comes to forming the right (staying-alive) attitude. Using the mind for self defence in order to implement the physical actions necessary to protect themselves is intimately tied to prevention. In order to use preventive methods to lower the risks of becoming crime statistics, women have to first use their brains to come up with the right precautions.
A self defence course can't empower you, but it can educate you in showing you the options you have to take control of your life and feel safer in your world. But our society is patriarchal and male dominated where women are only meant to be within the four walls of a house. A woman is always considered the secondary sex and regarded as a mere commodity and 'object of pleasure'. Unless we stop objectifying women, broaden our mindsets and change our outlook towards women nothing can help reduce assaults on women, not even self defence!