Self Defence moves to prevent rape
What do we mean by rape?
In this article, I will be addressing self defence moves to prevent rape in our society.
Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority, or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent. The term rape is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault. (source Wikipedia)
Rape in our society today
The way the issue of rape is making waves in our society today cannot be over emphasized, lots of our girls (including girls below the age of 10) are the victim of this awful act.
Rapes are a universal occurrence, they are not restricted to any particular country, region, race, caste or class. They happen as much among the poor, rural, illiterates as among the rich, urban and the so-called elites.
Rapes are committed by religious leaders, teachers, guardians, father, brother, relatives, neighbours, friends, acquaintances or even strangers. In this patriarchal and gendered world, rape is a stigmatized crime wherein aspersions are cast on the victim instead of the accused.
What are the effects of rape on rape victims?
Aftermath effects of rape on rape victims can be categorized into two, the first one is the physical effects while the second one is the psychological effects, we shall give examples of both.
Physical effects of rape on rape victims
- Painful intercourse (with significant other)
- Urinary infections
- Uterine fibroids – non-cancerous tumors in muscle wall
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – HIV, genital warts, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and others
Psychological effects of rape on rape victims
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Feelings of severe anxiety and stress
- Flashbacks – Memories of rape as if it is taking place again
- Borderline personality disorder
- Sleep disorders
- Eating disorders
- Dissociative identity disorder
- Distrust of others – uneasy in everyday social situations
- Emotional traumatization.
- Feelings of personal powerlessness – victims feel the rapist robbed them of control over their bodies
Can the rape actually be curbed?
I have asked myself this questions over and over, can rape actually be curbed in our society?, I think the best answer to this question is just by training our young girls to defend themselves against rapist who are the perpetrators of this act.
How can girls defend themselves against rape?
Can girls really defend themselves against rape? Yes they can, but before I talk more on this, I will like to analyze something.
Rapists can be seen from two dimensions.
1. A trusted rapist: a trusted rapist can be a family member, a family friend, a close friend, a teacher or someone you trusted and never expect to try such with you.
This kind of rape is very hard to prevent or fight against because your body will be so weak and you will be powerless to fight against the rapist, your body will definitely failed you due to the astonishment and disappointment you could possibly be experiencing at that moment.
2. A random rapist: a random rapist is someone you don’t even know or someone you don’t trust or someone you’re not close with, who sees you as an opportunity to satisfy his sexual lust, it is very easy to prevent this kind of rape by attacking the rapist with the Self Defence moves to prevent rape that I will be explaining in this article.
Self Defence moves to prevent rape
The aftermath effects of rapes are fatal and you need to avoid that at all cost by knowing how you can prevent rapes, those who were raped didn’t see it coming, so there is nothing bad in you mastering this because you are a potential rapes victim.
If you want to fight against a rapist, you need to be bold and sharp, I’m aware that at the moment, you will definitely be cornered and surprised that you might forget what to do.
What you need to have in mind is that, a rapist can be anyone, so never let your guard down and always prepare to counter attack whenever you see one.
Below are eight Self Defence moves to prevent rape, I believe they will save you one day if you can carefully master them.
1. Hammer Strike
Hammer strike can be done with a little instrument with a pointed mouth, instruments like your key holder, your pen or your charger can be really helpful in this case.
How to do harmer strike
- Hold the instruments (key holder, charger or pen) in a tight fist, like holding a hammer.
- Thrust downward toward your target
2. Groin Kick
If the rapist is coming at you from the front, a groin kick may deliver enough force to paralyze your attacker, making your escape possible.
How to do Groin kick
- Stabilize yourself as best you can.
- Lift your dominant leg off the ground and begin to drive your knee upward.
- Extend your dominant leg, drive hips forward, slightly lean back, and kick forcefully, making contact between your lower shin or ball of your foot and the attacker’s groin area.
3. Heel Palm Strike
This move can cause damage to the nose or throat. To do it, get in front of your attacker as much as possible.
How to do Heel palm strike
- With your dominant hand, flex your wrist.
- Aim for either the attacker’s nose, jabbing upward from the nostrils, or underneath the attacker’s chin, jabbing upward at the throat.
- Make sure to recoil your strike.
- Pulling your arm back quickly will help thrust the attacker’s head up and back.
- This will cause your attacker to stagger backward, allowing you to escape their grasp.
- Also, an open palm to the ears can be very disorienting.
4. Elbow Strike
If your attacker is in close range and you’re unable to get enough momentum to throw a strong punch or kick, use your elbows.
How to do Elbow Strike
- If you can, stabilize yourself with a strong core and legs to ensure a powerful blow.
- Bend your arm at the elbow, shift your weight forward, and strike your elbow into your attacker’s neck, jawline, chin, or temple. These are all effective targets.
- This may cause your attacker to loosen their grip, allowing you to run.
5. Alternative Elbow Strikes
Depending on how you’re standing when you’re initially attacked, you may be in a better position for variations on the elbow strike.
How to do Alternative elbow strike from the side and back:
- Make sure you see the target.
- Bring your elbow up and pivot your opposite foot, rotating your hips and turning into the target, making contact with the back part of your elbow.
How to do Alternative elbow strike from the front:
- Lift your elbow to shoulder height.
- Pivot on same-side foot and allow your hips to rotate, creating more momentum into the front part of your elbow when you strike.
6. Escape from a ‘bear hug attack’
For cases where the attacker is coming from behind, you’ll want to use this move. Focus on getting low and creating space to free yourself.
How to do it
- Bend forward from the waist. This shifts your weight forward, making it more difficult for your attacker to pick you up. It also gives you a better angle to throw elbows from side to side to the attacker’s face.
- Turn into the attacker with one of your elbows and continue counterattacking.
- This should give you space to turn fully, using another move to injure the face or strike the groin. With the space these moves have created, you may be able to escape and run away.
7. Escape with hands trapped
If your attacker comes from behind and traps your arms (this is similar to a bear hug, but you won’t be able to move as freely), here’s what to do:
How to do it
- First reaction should be to stop your attacker’s arms from going higher into a headlock. Shift your hips to one side. This gives an opening for strikes to the groin with open-handed slaps.
- Bring your hand back up to your arms and raise your opposite elbow to turn into the wrap. Keep your arms tight to your chest as you’re turning in.
- Stay aggressive with your knees and other counterattacks until you can disengage.
8. Escape from side headlock
When the attacker locks their arm around your head from the side, your first instinct should be to avoid getting choked.
How to do it
- Turn into the attacker’s side as much as possible to avoid being choked.
- With your hand that’s furthest away, strike the groin with open-handed slaps until you have enough mobility to turn your head all the way out to disengage.
Video and Explanations credit goes to HealthLine.com
General advice on self defence moves to prevent rape
There’s no guarantee that the above will work if you happen to encounter a rapist, the best thing is to be safe and avoid working alone at night or in a place where people are not much.
If at all you encountered a rapist, use element of surprise to gain your freedom.
The rapist won’t be expecting you to have any power, so use that to surprise him and show him that you’re powerful.
Do not forget that the aim of this self defence is not for you to act like a villain, it is for you to gain a freedom to run and shout for help from people that are nearby, apply the above with wisdom and run for help as soon as possible, I wish you the best.
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