If you’re a woman and are attacked while walking to your car after leaving a mall, would you know what to do?
According to an Ahwatukee Foothills “personal protection expert” and former narcotics detective, most women aren’t ready for such an attack. It’s not because it hasn’t occurred to them they could be a victim but rather that they haven’t taken the time to “have a plan” or gathered the tools that can help them get away, he said.
“You can be as confident as you want but if you don’t have a plan (the attacker) is going to disrobe you psychologically, really quick,” said Ron Marek, who is also a martial arts expert. “All it takes is for a man to come close to you, or step into your 2-foot boundaries, and you start to panic.”
For Marek, the issue comes down to being able to react in a split second. But, because of the violent nature of what is occurring, most people aren’t capable — unless they’ve thought carefully about what they will do before being attacked.
“(A woman will think) ‘what am I going to do, what am I going to do!’ For most people that’s too late. You must have a plan of action, you must have boundaries. And you must have verbal commands with an attacker long before they encroach your 2-foot safety zone.”
Marek said he has been working as a “security consultant” for 30 years and believes he has an approach that gives women “personal awareness strategies” and “verbal and physical defensive tactics” that have been proven to ward off an attack.
On Wednesday, March 24, Marek will present a free “Attack Avoidance” seminar for women at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Signature Salon Studios, 3936 E. Chandler Blvd, No. 211. The event is sponsored by A-Peeling Faces.
In addition to personal safety tips, Marek will also suggest ways to keep a home from being burglarized.
For additional information or to register for the seminar, call (480) 456-4700.
By the Numbers
1 in 3 women will be attacked at least once
1 in 5 women are attacked before age 18
1 attack occurs every 3 minutes
3 out of 10 attacks happen before age 11
Girls 12 through 15 are attacked more often by strangers
80 percent of all women know their attacker
75 percent of all attacks are planned
45 percent have multiple attackers
Source: Dr. Ron Marek