Women Fight Back Series

Women fight back every day around the world against oppression, crime and brutality. But these stories rarely ever make headlines.

Instead, the media continues to push the "helplessness" theory of women by continually reporting on the negative.

Therefore, we've started a new series: Women-Fight-Back to update you with stories of women who have taken responsibility for their own personal self defense safety and have found the courage to defend themselves and their families.

Our next story demonstrates what being prepared and having a self defense plan looks like. It doesn't take much to take back control of your own safety. Enjoy the read!

Our story today comes out of Council Bluffs, Iowa where two sisters fight off a potential rapist in their own apartment. The full story can be found here.


Women Fight Back During Home Invasion
Friday, November 13, 2009

By KETV news Channel 7

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Police said two Iowa sisters helped fight back against a neighbor who broke into their apartment and tried to attack them.

Robert Butts, who lives in another building at the same Council Bluffs complex as the two women, is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Police said Butts picked the lock at the sisters' apartment off Kanesville Road just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Police said pointed a gun at one of the women who was sitting on a sofa.

The other sister was hiding in a bathroom, quietly calling 911 to tell police what was going on.

Officers said that he tried to assault the first sister in her bedroom, but the other sister was able to sneak into the room and grab his gun, which he'd been hiding in the back of his pants.

"In all my years, I have never come across two individuals that handled themselves so well," said Council Bluffs police Sgt. Dave Dawson. "It could have made the situation much worse than it was, and the outcome could have been very poor."

Police said Butts was very methodical, didn't try to conceal his identity and initially lied to investigators about who he was.

He faces at least six charges, including sexual abuse and burglary.


The key here is that she TOOK action, USED the element of SURPRISE and turned her FEAR into ANGER. Women are capable of fighting back and making a difference in the world. Don't underestimate your own powers.

To learn more on how you can become a woman who fights back, check out our upcoming classes.


**Angie M. Tarighi is the CEO & Founder of Women’s Self-Defense Institute providing self defense training, education awareness & personal protection products empowering women to fight back against crime.