‘You don’t have to be a victim’

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The rise in violence and sexual assault across the nation is a frightening situation. Ten million children are exposed to domestic violence each year and one in four women are sexually assaulted during their college years. It happens every 45 seconds in the United States. The numbers are scary.

Indiana has the second highest rate of teenage rape and sexual assault in the U.S. and domestic hotlines answer more than 20 calls every hour.

“It’s a scary place out there anymore these days. It’s really become a very terrifying world. I’m a mother, I have children. Their protection as well as mine,” said Angel Wells, co-owner of The Warrior Institute. However, people are not helpless.

Jeff Lee and Angel Wells teach self defense at The Warrior Institute in Terre Haute. They’ve noticed the increased interest in these courses lately and want people to remember the most important thing is situational awareness.

“Making sure you’re not finding yourself in a compromising situation from the beginning. So in other words, if you’re coming out of Walmart, you’re scanning the parking lot, you’re thinking it through,” said Jeff Lee, co-owner of The Warrior Institute.

“You never know how they’re going to come at you. You have to be aware of all ways,” Wells said.

Lee also wants people to know they should trust their intuition.“Oftentimes, we ignore that. And when we ignore that, we find ourselves in dangerous positions,” said Lee.

Finally, in a scary domestic situation, don’t become a target. Lee suggests people place a reactionary gap between them and the other person.

“We know an average person takes about two seconds to process a potential dangerous situation. We also know the average person can cover three feet of ground in a second,” Lee said. “Predators continually report that victims they approach that were aggressive, that began to fight back, they oftentimes would leave them and move on. They want the easy prey.”

You have options. Don’t let “victim” be one of them. These tips for self defense are just the basics.

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