‘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.

10 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.

But you don’t have to be 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 wanted to give us some advice.

The most important 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,” said Wells.

Also, trust your intuition.

“Oftentimes, we ignore that. And when we ignore that, we find ourselves in dangerous positions,” said Lee.

And lastly, in a scary domestic situation, you don’t have to become a target.

Place a reactionary gap.

“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,” said Lee.

So, you need two seconds to process and at least six feet to react in a dangerous situation.

Their job is a rewarding one, teaching people to protect themselves.

“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,” said Lee.

You have options. Don’t let “victim” be one of them.

These are just the basics.

There are classes and organizations all across the Wabash Valley to teach you self-defense.

For more information about classes, you can check out this website.

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