Chris Roberts

Anti-Rape Underwear Good or Bad Idea?

Anti-Rape Underwear Good or Bad Idea?
One of my friends posted a video today that has garnered a lot of attention, both positive and negative, and it interested me enough to blog about it.  I have taught self defense for the past 21 years and have seen many new products come and go, but these Anti-Rape Underwear are one that, to say the least, are controversial.  Now being a man, I thought it would be of great value to co-blog this time with Piroska Bata.  I also feel it necessary to say that one of the reasons I have asked a woman to also comment  is because obviously I can’t speak from the position of being female so I felt it important to get another view which is why I have asked Piroska for her opinion.  And by the way, neither one of us was aware ...
Chris Roberts

Should Self Defense be Considered a Life Skill

Should Self Defense be Considered a Life Skill
The few times I have expressed that sexual assault is an epidemic, boy, do I get challenged.  When I offer statistics on sexual assault, I get labeled a fear mongerer and get challenged on the reliability of statistics. My experience over the past 22 years of teaching self defense is that regardless of any statistics, the occurrences of sexual assault have become very widespread and that the issue of sexual assault is REAL!  Some will say that social media blows the issue of sexual assault out of proportion and that it is no worse than years ago! Does it really matter if there are more sexual assaults or not, there are STILL sexual assaults! One of the biggest challenges, we in the self defense business face, is the prevalent att...
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Chris Roberts

To Yell or Not to Yell in Self Defense

An angry young woman shouts with wide open mouth and hands near her face.The majority of our SAFE International clients are women.  One of the questions I often get is, "If an attacker tells me NOT to yell or they will kill me, should I yell?" As always, I can't give any definite answers, but I will ask people to consider the following: -  why do they not want you to yell?  One of the things attackers do not want is to get caught and yelling attracts attention. You may be apprehended at a public location and yelling is often the first and most important strategy.  If taken to a secondary location, the odds of anyone hearing you are drastically reduced.  But again there is no guarantee any strategy will work everytime.  My recommendation is that if you decide to yell, make sure...

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