Okay now I’m going into techniques. As I mentioned in the previous fighting dirty post, these are kind of nasty. You’ve been warned.
To start with, forget about punching. Your hand is good for much more. It’s best to avoid an attack, by not walking alone or in dangerous places. It’s better to have a gun or aim a kick. But I’m going to talk about what to do in the worst case. If you end up close enough to their body that you are in striking distance with your arm, throw an open palm to their face, with your thumb to the side and your pointer finger slightly bent. They will think a punch or strike is coming, but your real aim is to get your fingernails near or in their eye socket. My Krav Maga instructor explained it thus:
“Have you ever had an eyelash in your eye? It is hard to think of anything else. Now imagine it’s a finger.”
Good point. Don’t just launch and withdraw your hand, you throw it like a punch and the second you are close enough you go for that eye. If he’s on top of you or fiddling with your clothing, try to get in his eyes. Even if they are closed if you keep scratching and pushing you are likely to hurt him. Other great places to scratch are the inside of the nostrils if you can hook one, or the side of the cheek. No one really thinks about these places but they should because they are places that are extremely sensitive but also aren’t typically expected. He things you are going to be scared, lying with your eyes closed, praying not to die. HECK NO you are going to be digging in his eye like there’s buried treasure in there! Surprise!
Now here is a trigger warning. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, this may be sensitive and cause ptsd symptoms, so you are free to leave if that seems unsafe. But please come back when you can handle it because this is stuff I feel should be understood.
If he is sexually assaulting you, and all else has failed: you have no weapon, you didn’t get the eye, etc, it’s time to realize this is a fight for your life. You have to assume someone who will rape you can and may kill you. Don’t assume if you lie there he will let you live. That is playing roulette. Also if you know a rape victim, you know the effects are lasting and very, very ugly, and soul deep.
The other thing to realize, is that if he plans to sexually assault you, at some point this conceited monster is going to present you with his genitalia. That’s right, this man is so sure of his power over you he is going to bring out the most vulnerable part of his body. And this empowers you. Some men will even go for an oral assault. Really? You are going to put that near my teeth? We’ve all heard the stories of rapist carrying their balls back to the police station to be reattached, or if you hadn’t, you have now. Something to think about.
“But Peach”, you say,”I don’t want to bite a —–“.
I know. And no one says you have to. But as a damsel in defense I’m just suggesting last ditch efforts at fighting. And I have heard of less violent ways to deter a rapist. Like peeing yourself, or feigning mental disability. But in my opinion the ol’ “grip it and rip it” method is something everyone should think of before hand. Get your hands on it and don’t let go. Bite, scratch, tear. Twist. Yank. Be creative. Some women will argue that they could be beaten or killed. But I’m reminded of the rape that happened in Utah where the woman was completely compliant and thought she would be let go, but instead was dragged into the bushes, raped, and then had a football sized rock dropped on her head in an attempt to finish her off. This broke my heart.
In the end it’s your choice. Check out this website as it has some good explanation on “grip it and rip it”.
I’ll have more posts up about specific defenses soon but I need to figure out a way to have pictures to help explain.
So think about it, take care, and stay safe.