Friday, February 26, 2021 Skill Building: Self-defense
compiled by Kirsten Wandrey | Student Affairs
The world is a typically safe place if you stay alert and smart. No one likes to think about things going wrong, but in the event of an emergency it's important to be able to defend yourself or your loved ones. Here are some basic self-defense tips that everyone should know (just in case).
Carry something to protect yourself. In case of an attack or threat, it's never a bad idea to carry a bit of extra protection. Keeping your keys in hand at night can serve as protection, as well as pepper spray or a personal siren. Even a flashlight can help you defend yourself by blinding your attacker if need be.
Avoid as much as you can. The best way to avoid danger is to stay out of potentially risky situations. Staying in well-lit areas at night and avoiding places that make you feel unsafe can go a long way toward keeping you protected. If someone asks for your wallet or possessions, it's best to throw it away from yourself and run away. Nothing is worth risking your life to keep.
Know the basics in case things get physical. You should never aim to get into a physical fight, but if you are unable to ward off an attacker it's essential to know how to hold your own. First off, try to make as much noise as possible. No attacker will want to draw attention to themselves, so oftentimes this can scare them off. Use your elbows and knees to strike the other person, since these are the hardest points on your body and will hurt the most. Read this article detailing simple self-defense moves that will be effective against any attacker. It features photos and videos so you can have a clear idea of what to do in a dangerous situation.
If you have been attacked, know how to report it. Read over the UNL Police Department information on reporting crimes to let authorities know and help yourself receive justice. Reporting situations also helps keep campus safer by allowing other students to be aware of dangerous instances. Attacks can also affect your mental health– schedule an appointment at Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) if you feel the need to talk to a professional.