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 Bermuda reported by the Royal Gazette where two separate attempted handbag thefts got these women fighting back. The full story can be found here.

Breaking News: Women fight back after handbag thefts
by: Owain Johnston-Barnes, October 28, 2009

Two women refused to be victims and fought back when men attempted to steal their handbags.

In two separate incidents on Tuesday, handbag snatchers were chased and fought by their targets. In one case, the victim lost a pouch containing money, but in the other a 28-year-old forced the would-be thief to give up and retreat.

At around 11.20 p.m. a 28-year-old Pembroke woman was walking along Serpentine Road, in Pembroke, when a dark skinned male with fuzzy white hair grabbed her handbag and began to walk to a parked bike.

The woman then fought with the thief, grabbing the handbag back and screaming until he turned tail and escaped on a motorcycle.

A Police spokesman said: “The Pembroke woman took her handbag back and a struggle ensued. The offender eventually let go of the handbag when she started screaming and made good his escape.”

The suspect is estimated to be around 55-years-old and 5ft 6in, and was riding a green Honda Lead motorcycle.

Earlier the same day, a 35-year-old tourist was riding her rental cycle along Somerset Road around 3.40 p.m. on Tuesday when two men on a yellow motorcycle pulled alongside her.

The Police spokesman said: “The pillion passenger on the yellow motorcycle then grabbed the visitors brown handbag out of the rental cycle’s basket.

“She pursued the men who after a short while stopped the motorcycle, got off, and attempted to make good their escape by running though a nearby yard. At that time, she managed to get a hold of her handbag, but was briefly dragged along the ground before letting go.”

The thieves dropped the handbag after removing a gold coloured pouch, which contained cash.

After the incident, the motorcycle used by the thieves was impounded, and an 18-year-old Sandys man was arrested in connection to the crime.

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.

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