Three weeks ago I was held up at knifepoint and I felt so helpless. I averted my eyes and didn’t even try to peek at what the guy looked like. All I remember was that if I could stop breathing, I would have for fear that they might misconstrue my breathing as fighting back.
When I found out that I was chosen to be part of BRAVE which was a workshop meant to teach women all about self defense, I felt happy and sad. Sad because I felt that it was already too late but at the same time happy that I’ll finally learn a few basic things that may just help me defend myself in the future.
It was empowering. Finally knowing what to do in case someone attacks you or tries to hurt you was just amazing. Knowing that you can actually fight back and defend yourself is something that every woman should know about.
It was enlightening. It felt good knowing what the next steps are and that you are not helpless. It felt wonderful to know that if someone tries to pull me, grab me, or point a knife at me, I have within me the forces I need to fight back.
It was an eye opener. You see, I’m a battered woman and I never fought back. I just took it all in and let the other person abuse me mentally, physically, emotionally, and verbally. It was only on the day that he almost killed my by wringing my neck that I learned to fight back. Luckily, it wasn’t too late for me. I can’t say the same for the others.
For those who are interested, please contact them through their Facebook page, BRAVEph. Trust me. This may just save your life. Now isn’t that something worth investing on?