In light of a number of recent sexual assaults in the Coastal Bend, we thought it would be good to find out what women can do to protect themselves.
3News talked to Professor Ruben Arredondo, Jr., or Renzo Gracie Texas. He teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu , and had some tips for women who find themselves in a dangerous situation.
The first thing to do, of course, is run or try to get away; but if you cannot, Arredondo says to use your thumbs and your hands to fight back.
"The fingers inside of the eyes, and just a bit of pressure goes a long way," Arredondo said. "You're just using the fingers in the eyes to evade, to make space. Another thing that would work good is the fingers and squeeze the ears as much as you can. A good grip on the ears."
Arredondo says even screaming as loud as you can directly into your attacker's ear is something that can help you, and if you are down on the ground, use your legs. Cross them.
"Your legs are going to be stronger than any man's arms, and while the man is trying to open your legs, you can use your nails in the eyes and use you hands to the ears and pull," Arredondo said. "You can also bite, scratch, do whatever it takes to make space and evade and get out of a dangerous situation."
"One of the things an attacker may try to do is get you on the ground, but in case he comes from behind, one of the best things to do is drop and elbow back like this," Arredondo continued. "Try to scratch, gouge, bite, be aggressive. Stay aggressive."
One of the victims of a sexual assault earlier this week said she used her keys to fight back, and another one used pepper spray.
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