“Use Your Voice” is one of the many messages Defense-ability teaches women as part of their Women’s Urban Self Defense classes taught by Defense-ability owner Rebecca O’Bryan and staff.
When asked by San Jose KGO ABC 7 news reporter David Louie to offer safety advice to women while the would-be kidnapper was still at large, Rebecca O’Bryan had the following to say:
“The most important safety asset women have is their awareness. Just by remaining aware of the people around you and your surroundings you avoid an attack.
Be aware of traffic, buildings nearby, places where someone could hide. If you can see an attack situation developing, you can change your direction and avoid it.
Predators look for women who are distracted. Women who are using their cell phone, digging through their bag, doing anything other than paying attention to their surroundings make themselves vulnerable to attack.
Remain aware of your surroundings and you can change your route or behavior. Make yourself a hard target when it comes to a predator attack.
It’s always better to avoid an attack rather than engage with an attacker. Even if you know how to defend yourself, there can be unknown factors. The attacker could have a weapon, or a partner, so it’s better to avoid these possibilities.”
Use Your Voice
“Set a physical boundary between you and a stranger, and if necessary, back it up by using your voice. GET LOUD!
I can’t emphasize how important it is to keep lots of space between you and a stranger approaching you. If necessary, go into the nearest building or business and have someone call 911 for you.
Just make sure you don’t let them close that gap between you, and get close enough to grab you.”