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    Self defense tips for women

    Self defense tips for women

    Most days are juggling acts for women - work, kids, errands - and being pulled in every different direction. That can set a woman up as a target for an attacker.
    Most days are juggling acts for women - work, kids, errands - and being pulled in every different direction. That can set a woman up as a target for an attacker.
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    Practice makes perfect, even for self defense

    Practice makes perfect, even for self defense

    "In the movies, we always see women hanging right there with the men, being able to take them down," says Self Defense Instructor Jessica Scarsella. "But in real life, it won't be that easy."
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    It's the last thing you want to think about - being the victim of an attack. And it can be a real concern for women.

If someone grabbed you and tried to take you away, would you know how to protect yourself?

"You have to be cautious, especially at my age, of everything that's going on around you," said resident Cissi Loftis.

Loftis said being taken and assaulted is something that has worried her in the past. She admits a recent incident in her hometown has made her more aware of her surroundings.

Women everywhere should be able to protect themselves.

Chad Connolly is a 4th degree black belt and works with many women to help them protect themselves. "Do everything you can to not get in the car. You bite, pull hair, get some gravel on the ground throw it in their face," said Connolly.

He said protecting yourself starts with being aware. Many woman should be alert when walking through a parking lot, especially as they pass in between cars.

He said if someone comes out, then the potential victim should immediately put their hands up in defense.

"If their hands are on you, then their tools are taken away and you're still free to do a simple strike to the face or a low blow or whatever it takes. Because if they're hurt, who cares, you're safe," said Connolly.

But he said all of this can be avoided if you pay attention, don't walk alone and put down your cell phone.

"That conversation may be important, but can it wait until later. Have your keys ready when you get to your car. Have you a security guard walk you to your car," said Loftis.

Another idea Connolly suggests is to take a look at what you already have on your key chain.

For example, an LED flashlight could temporarily blind the person and give you time to get away.

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