Thanks goes to Home Alarm Monitoring who provided the article below as a Guest Post by Mugging Victim, Doris Thompson. Enjoy!
To say I am qualified to write on such a subject as self-defense could be questionable. However I will hasten to add, what I know now many years after I was mugged is more than I knew then. It was December 14; I had gone Christmas shopping after work with a one hundred dollar bill in my purse. My children were at the church in play practice for the Christmas program.
I did my shopping, folded the left over bills from my purchase neatly into my billfold, and drove home. We had no garage, but we considered ourselves safe as we lived in a quiet neighborhood. I drove into my car-port, hung my purse over my shoulder, placed my coat over my shoulders, retrieved my bundles from the seat beside me, and with key in hand I stepped upon the small porch to unlock my front door.
Someone grabbed me from behind covering my face with a gloved hand. I am so claustrophobic all I wanted was his hand off my face so I could breath. He pulled me all over my front yard in the dark of the evening, while I managed a scream occasionally. He was trying to get my purse; I was using the same arm over which my purse was hanging to try to set myself free from his grasp. Needless to say he got what he wanted, and I lay hysterical and broken on the ground as I watched him gallop up the hill out of sight.
Now what does that mean now? I do question this. Had I known a few self-defense techniques and/or tips would I have been able to use them? Surely the training that comes with the self-defense course would have taught me to act, instead of re-act.
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