Did you know there is:
1 aggravated assault every 34 seconds
1 violent crime every 22 seconds
1 murder every 34 minutes
1 forcible rape every 6 minutes
A woman that fights back has an 86% chance of avoiding the rape (Kleck and Sales, 1990)
Statistics will vary year to year, however one thing is clear: We need to be proactive.
Does self defense work?
Yes. But just like with anything, it takes time and practice. The more often you practice, the more likely you are to ingrain natural responses and awareness to surroundings.