Real World Self Defense Tips for Women

by Jacki Janes      

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been rightfully called out for publishing a ridiculous list of tips that include some unusual and ineffective self defense tips designed to protect women from sexual assault. Due to public pressure, the tips they published on their official website have been removed, but below is a copy of their original list:

What To Do If You Are Attacked

These tips are designed to help you protect yourself on campus, in town, at your home, or while you travel. These are preventative tips and are designed to instruct you in crime prevention tactics.

  1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
  2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
  3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can’t run in them.
  4. Don’t take time to look back; just get away.
  5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
  6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
  7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
  8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
  9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
  10. Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.

I’ve come up with my own list of tips for preventing rape, and have published it below. It’s a lot easier to remember, and the techniques have been proven to be much more effective:

Reprinted with permission from

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