Following Up: Self-Defense

Friday, October 14, 2011

Following up on yesterday's conversation on the Brooklyn sexual attacks, Tracy Hobson, executive director of the Center for Anti-Violence Education, offers advice on self-defense strategies.


Tracy Hobson

Comments [23]

Matt Kovsky from Nanuet NY

@theconstantgrappler Clearly I am. One of our 3rd degrees is a 1st degree Gracie black belt.

Oct. 15 2011 08:31 PM
catherine from Park Slope

Women are at greater risk from intimates in their homes than from strangers on the streets!

TONIGHT - Annual Brooklyn Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil, 6:30 pm, rain or shine, beginning in front of P.S. 321, 7th Ave and 1st St.

Call 718-499-2151

Oct. 14 2011 02:18 PM

@Matt Kovsky - Clearly you're not familiar with the basic fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or as you put it "mma grappling".

Oct. 14 2011 02:14 PM
Christa Carr from New York

I would recommend using a personal security alarm and having it in your hand or readily available on your backpack or handbag.
Ila security make alarms for women that look discreet and come in different styles and colors to match your accessories - the ila DUSK emits a 130dB woman's scream. much safer than mace and just as useful. they also make a pedometer with an alarm for joggers and walkers.
Daily Grommet just did a big feature on the company on them .

Oct. 14 2011 01:02 PM
Matt Kovsky from Nanuet NY

Anything can be considered a weapon by law (even a pen), depends on use. NY Knife laws: Sprays are good but usually not accessible in the midst of an attack so hand-to-hand skills are paramount. Awareness and avoidance are key. if you're training self-defense, stay away from sportive, patterned or grappling arts as: 1-sportive arts have no relevance to true violence; 2-typical traditional "technique" training is proven to fail during the chaos of real violence; 3-a 100 pound woman has no chance of survival using MMA-style grappling against a 200 pound man. Like an alley cat, you must gouge, penetrate, and escape. Learn adaptation and improvisation fighting skills. Women's self-defense in the workplace video tips:

Oct. 14 2011 11:57 AM
john from office

Wow, becky kicking tail!

Oct. 14 2011 10:50 AM

Good segment. Start early - get your daughters to karate lessons as early as possible to overcome the squeamishness mentioned by the callers.

Oct. 14 2011 10:50 AM
The Truth from Becky

WILLIAM WHaaat? Better under arrest than cardiac arrest!! I say take me in!

Oct. 14 2011 10:49 AM
The Truth from Becky

I have two vials of mace, one made like a lipstick tube and the other on my key chain, open and at the ready when walking!

Oct. 14 2011 10:47 AM
john from office

Weapons are a bad idea, most people will hesitate in inflicting an injury on a person. That will result in it being used against them.

Women always wore hair pins for protection, in the 1800's

Oct. 14 2011 10:41 AM
William from Manhattan

Are there any risks to women of arrest and criminal prosecution if they do manage to blind or kill a suspected attacker with the key method or other lethal defense tactics? That would also be a nightmare.

Oct. 14 2011 10:41 AM
John from NYC

My late wife had a small capsule clipped to her clothes. Squeeze it and it released a skunk smell. You can imagine the rest.

Oct. 14 2011 10:41 AM
toni dalton

what about mace?

Oct. 14 2011 10:40 AM
ZOE from LI

Having been sprayed twice as a law enforcement agent I highly recommend women buy an OC/MACE Spray. Knives are too risky unless you are trained. As a cop we are taught not to fight an attacker with a knife but get away. Especially at close quarters.

Oct. 14 2011 10:40 AM
Gloria Mendez, Esq. from Queens

It's illegal to carry a concealed knife in NY. Stun guns are also illegal. This city and state are EXTREMELY restrictive in regard to what you can carry, even if you're a woman, even for self-defense. You get the bad along with the good in a city that's not friendly toward handguns and concealed weapons.

Oct. 14 2011 10:40 AM
al from nyc

you i am a guy and there are area i dont think of walking through!!!1

Oct. 14 2011 10:40 AM
Smokey from LES

Blow a whistle?

Oct. 14 2011 10:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

***Oh yeah, a disclaimer, those are my opinions, on what I would do.

Oct. 14 2011 10:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

You gotta "up" your crazy! Look around all the time when walking alone, don't be tricked into any weird conversations...make a lotta noise do not let him take you away quietly, scream if he is going to stab/shoot you he is going to do it anyway, might as well be with people around and first chance you get, go for the nutz!! Don't miss though and that will buy you at least 30 seconds to get away!

Oct. 14 2011 10:39 AM

Are you allowed to carry a concealed weapon a gun in NYC?

Oct. 14 2011 10:39 AM
john from office

Thank god the streaming is back up!! I was going crazy, listened to ABC and WOR, what crap!!!

Oct. 14 2011 10:39 AM

What really helped me was pretending I was an attacker. I'd scan the streets for someone to attack and would plan how I might do it. That taught me lots -- walk fast and with a purpose, don't have anything he can grab, etc. The usual stuff you hear but it's a lot different from hearing the tips.

Oct. 14 2011 10:35 AM
Shereen Inayatulla from Fort Greene

It's true, everyone should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings. We also need to examine the tendency to misplace responsibility:

Skirt the PIGS (on Facebook)

This page was created to encourage Brooklynites to wear skirts in protest of the NYPD's statement on the series of sexual assaults in our borough.

Following a series of sexual assaults in Brooklyn, the NYPD is warning women not to wear skirts or dresses. Instead of telling people to "change" to accommodate misogyny & violence, their message ought to be ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

This page was created to encourage anyone across the gender spectrum to wear skirts and dresses in protest of the NYPD's current message. We have the right to wear what we want, stay vigilant and safe, and demand respect. It's time to stop misogynist ideologies and address what's really gone wrong.

Oct. 14 2011 10:34 AM

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