Self Defense

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

Kelsey Smith was abducted from a busy Overland Park, KS Target parking lot in broad daylight last Saturday. Her attacker allegedly shoved her into her own car as she prepared to leave. Authorities found her body a few days later. It's a terrifying situation for a woman, but experts say an attack does not have to be a death sentence.

Bennie gonzalez has been teaching self defense classes in the area for over 20 years. He says the key to survival is not a black belt in martial's the ability to avoid or escape from a dangerous situation.

"Physical contact and defending yourself physically is secondary to knowing what to do. Preparing yourself ahead of time could keep you from being in that situation in the first place."

Gonzalez says it doesn't take much to discourage a potential attacker...walking with our heads up and backs straight displays confidence: attackers prey on the weak. If you don't have a remote lock for your car, get it so you don't waste time fumbling with keys. Check out the there a place someone could be hiding? And if you do spot someone hanging around, look them in the eye so they know you're paying attention.

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