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Common Sense Self-Defense Lesson III: Know A Predator


Criminals are, for the majority of them, predators. They behave like a predator. They stalk and hunt like a predator. They will attack like a predator. To understand them one simply needs to look at their counterparts in the wild.

When a wolf, lion, or any other animal hunts its prey it usually follows a set routine of habits. Granted, a lot of predators hunt in packs (such as the before mentioned wolf) the habits will basically remain the same.

Choosing the prey.

A predator will spend quite a bit of time watching a heard. It will not choose the biggest and strongest of the heard. It will set its sights on one that is young, inexperienced, weak, or even old. A single hunter has a much better chance of making a kill if it has the advantage. The same is true for the human predator. This is especially true of a sexual predator.

How do you defend against this? Quite simply it’s your body language. A lot of it has to do with how you carry yourself. If you walked slumped over, eyes downward, you appear to be afraid. This shows weakness and just as a lion can sense it, so can a human.

Walk and carry yourself with a sense of confidence. Look at people. If you can’t bring yourself to look them in the eyes, look just over their heads. From a short distance it appears that you are looking them in their eyes.

Separating the prey

Once the predator has chosen its victim it will attempt to separate it from the rest of the heard. It is very important that you attempt to keep yourself near people. If you are with a group, stay with the group. This is especially true if you are in an unfamiliar place. Do NOT venture off alone to the restroom, out to your car, or out of the building with someone you don’t know. I have always heard guys make fun of women for going to the bathroom in a public place in a group. They can laugh all they want. This is a natural instinct and is probably one of your best self-defense tools.

If you are not with a group, stay near other people. Do your best to avoid places that are devoid of people. Side streets, alleys, empty parking garages are just a few examples. These are places where the predator knows that you have little or no chance of anyone hearing your cries for help if you are attacked.

Moving the prey to another location

Many times after a predator has brought down its prey it will move it to another location in order to consume it in peace without being disturbed. With human predators Law Enforcement calls this the Primary Crime Scene and the Secondary Crime Scene. A person may be attacked in one place. Once the victim is subdued the attacker will then move them to another location where they are a little more free to carry out whatever intentions they have. If you are attacked in a restroom, a parking lot, or other public place it is a sure bet that the attacker will attempt to move you away from people and help. It is important that you fight and do everything in your power to keep this from happening. Try to fight off your attacker and make as much of a disturbance as you can when the attack first begins to draw attention to yourself. Yell. Scream. Run. FIGHT!

Returning to the prey

Should you be attacked and the assailant departs the area you need to GET OUT of there as fast as you can. Predators in the wild may get distracted and leave their prey. They may have their fill and walk away. Many times they will return to the prey to finish what they started. Your attacker may leave. After he has gone many times he will begin to think. The adrenaline rush is done and his mind may clear a bit. If he has left you he may think “She can identify me”. Or he could decide that he wants more. At any rate many times the attacker will return to the prey.

Get up. Move. Get out of the area. Call the police. Get help. Remove yourself from the area and remove yourself from further potential danger.

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