Remember that old saying “expect the unexpected”? Well this timeworn phrase has more meaning today than ever because being attacked is a typical occurrence and even more common on college campuses. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, “college campuses are not immune to incidents of crime and violence… [the most common act] are violent crimes- both by known and unknown offenders- such as forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery”. There were over 88,444 crimes reported on college campuses to police in 2012, and the number of incidents have been rising ever since. With this information in mind, it is essential that every college student knows self-defense moves to be prepared. Listed below are the most common and effective self-defense moves to ensure safety on college campuses.
This is a very common and easy move everyone should know how to do. Start out by
shifting your weight onto the ball of your foot, and thrust your hip and fist forward at the same time. It is important to keep your fist flat and come into contact with a vulnerable part of the attacker’s body such as the eyes, nose, or throat.
According to an article in Prevention magazine, this move is very useful if the attacker
may be too close to do any other possible moves. Kicking with your knee can be extremely powerful and is most effective when you drive your knee into the groin of the attacker. The article states to “keep in mind to use the bony tip of your knee, not [the] thigh- this will cause more pain [and to] try to grab the attacker between the neck and shoulders to give your more leverage to knee-kick harder.”
Bear Hug Defense
This move is especially important to remember if the attacker grabs you from the front or behind and you are unable to move. According to the article in Prevention magazine, be mindful to “drop as low as you can toward the ground and squirm as much as you can… you want to act like a cat in a tub of water- be as difficult as possible to control”. Moving around more can help you wiggle out of the attacker’s arms and eventually be released, creating a perfect opportunity to throw a punch or knee kick as mentioned above.
It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times and always trust your gut. If you feel unsafe for any reason, do not walk alone in an unfamiliar area. Be mindful of who is around you by staying off your phone when walking around campus, especially if in a large and open area. Always have an emergency contact readily available, and worse case scenario, be ready to protect yourself with the moves above.
Hailey Foster, 19, is a rising sophomore studying journalism and media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She loves to watch old Hollywood movies in her free time, especially Breakfast at Tiffany's, her favorite and go-to.