Tallahassee, FL — Most college campuses are filled with emergency systems in
place for students in distress.
However, in the event a student can’t reach an emergency call box right away —
would they know what to do in the event of an attack?
The self-defense instructors from SDC Self Defense Corp in Tallahassee offer some
basic moves every college student should consider before hoofing it across campus;
In SDC Self Defense Corp’s Campus Safety Program, you’ll see the instructors show
our volunteer students examine the way they usually walk through the college
campus and how they can better protect themselves from potential attackers.
Below are more, vital suggestions from SDC Self Defense Corp, whose instructors
say the best defense is a good offense; always think ahead:
* Park as close to a facility as possible to help you avoid walking a great
distance back to your vehicle. You can also park under a light, even if it’s not
yet dark, but will be upon returning to your car.
* Carry your keys in your hand, ready to unlock your car. Keys in hand will also
allow you to hit the panic alert switch to activate your car alarm, drawing
* Carry your purse, backpack, etc. In front of you to possibly use as a
distraction if needed to get away from an attacker.
* Always be mindful of your surroundings by looking around and knowing your
avenues of escape. Study a map of your campus layout and try to use common
walkways from your car or dorm; never walk alone behind buildings or wooded paths,
* Equip yourself with personal defense spray (pepper spray) or the civilian
version of a stun gun.
* Know where your emergency “9-1-1″ call stations are located on your campus in
the event of an emergency
* Use the buddy system; never go out at night alone if possible.
* Try to keep your cell phone available while walking to and from your car, dorm
or buildings so you can easily call 9-1-1.
* Always lock the doors to your car, dorm or house while inside.
* If a situation doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts; avoid suspicious
Upon being approached, here are ways you can ward off the possible attack:
* Be vocal. Scream as loudly as you can to gain attention.
* Avoid having a conversation with a stranger. Just tell the person “I’m in a
hurry, sorry” and keep walking while being mindful of your surroundings.
* If an attacker grabs and tries to escort you to a car or secluded area, begin
screaming for help and use a weapon of opportunity (pens, pencils, books, purses,
etc.) to starting hitting the attacker in vital areas (Head, neck, throat, groin).
* Most attackers are looking for victims not willing to fight, so have the mindset
that no matter what happens you will fight the attacker off using whatever tool
you have (hands, feet, or weapons of opportunity). Make a quick assessment: do
they want you, or what you have?
SDC Self Defense Corp offers several strategic courses including a women’s self-