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  • Self protection lessons from NY gang rape

  • What lessons can we learn from this horrific gang rape of an 18-year-old woman — who was attacked with her father late Thursday night while walking through a Brooklyn park?

    This type of situation is among the absolute worst you can imagine — especially as a parent. One of the attackers had a gun and ordered the father to leave. The father ran and called the police. But could you leave your daughter? I could not. Therefore, I would have to fight for her life and mine. But what chance would you have against five attackers and a gun?

    1. Honestly, this is a bad deal, and the best option always against multiple attackers is to RUN. But if you can’t get away, and you have to fight, this is why we’ve added the gun self-protection piece to our Refuse To Be A Victim Women’s Self-Defense Class. Learning how to blade your body and grab the gun while attacking the gunman gives you a chance.
    2. If one of you is going to fight, BOTH of you need to fight. If I attack the guy with the gun, then my 18-year-old daughter needs to attack the guy closest to the guy with the gun so he can’t get to me. And we both need to attack with extreme violence — screaming, striking, fighting like our lives depend on it. Because they do.
    3. When we talk about dealing with multiple attackers, the worst thing I can do is to let them surround me. I want to deal with one attacker at a time. I do that by “stacking” the attackers — moving quickly and forcing them have to get around each other to get to me.
    4. The fact that these criminals let the father go, knowing he would run and call the police (they could have just as easily beat him, held him at gunpoint, shot him, etc.), makes me wonder what might have happened if the father and daughter had fought. Criminals are cowards (especially rapists), and they are looking for easy targets — not people who will put up a fight. If the father and daughter fought, the criminals might have scattered. In a bad situation like this where you can’t run, you have a choice — fight or let them rape you. Either way, you could be killed. But if I am going to die, I would rather die fighting for my life. At least if I fight, I give myself and my daughter a chance.
    5. This terrible incident is yet another example of why conceal carry is so important. Unfortunately, New York is a gun-control mecca, and few law-abiding citizens are armed. But criminals almost always are. If the father and/or daughter were carrying a gun, they may have been able to protect themselves. A firearm is the ultimate equalizer for a woman against a bigger, stronger attacker, and it definitely helps even the odds against multiple attackers.
    6. When we discuss self-protection, rule No. 1 is to practice good situational awareness — and that includes making good decisions. The father and daughter made a choice to be alone in a poorly lit park late at night in a crime-ridden neighborhood. That was a bad choice.
    7. Ultimately, you are responsible for your protection. The police arrived after these criminals had already raped this woman. You are your own first responder. That’s why it is so important to learn to protect yourself.