We live in a dangerous world. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Victims are far more likely to suffer from depression, alcohol or drug abuse, or contemplate suicide. Becoming a victim changes your life far beyond the impact of the crime itself. Victims are young and old, tall and short, rich and poor. Victims frequently have little in common. However, two factors seem to stand out. First, they never thought it would never happen to them. Second, they were unprepared to deal with the crime when it did. To reduce your chances of becoming a victim, you need to change those two factors. You need to be aware of the risks and you need to prepare to confront them head-on. You need to be proactive.
The PROAct clinic teaches you how to do just that. Preparation is the foundation. You’ll learn how to prepare your home, workplace, car and yourself in a way that will positively reduce your exposure to risk. And you’ll learn how to prepare to fight the criminal should you come face to face. But when is that likely?
We’re literally surrounded by criminals of all types. Understanding the nature of criminals and their preferences for victims and environments are key to the recognition aspect of a proactive approach. Criminals are different. The co-worker who tells off color jokes may be just as much or more of a threat than the stranger who asks to borrow you cell phone. Recognition is key but it’s only one step in the approach.
Once you’ve recognized potential threats you must orient your conduct to minimize it. It’s not enough to flee danger. You must move toward safety. Criminals know where they want you to be so they can take advantage of you. Where can you go to reduce your risk? It’s not always the obvious answer.
Finally, when faced with a threat, your actions will determine whether or not you become a victim. Your actions include projecting the proper body language, combined with the appropriate words and tone of voice, each tailored to the situation. If you can’t dissuade the criminal to find an easier target you must be prepared to engage him physically. Your range of physical response may include pepper spray, a flashlight, fists, knees or elbows. Fighting off a bigger, stronger assailant isn’t easy but there are tricks and techniques you can use to give you an edge. Here’s the approach in a nutshell:
Prepare – home, car, workplace and yourself
Recognize – various threats and environments
Orient – position yourself to minimize those threats
ACT – use your voice, your weapons or your body to escape a dangerous situation
The PROACT Approach is a no-nonsense, common sense method you can learn to use quickly, tailor it to your own needs and live your life with greater confidence and safety.
Contact me and we’ll set a date and work out the details.