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Tips to defend yourself against an attacker

St. Matthews Martial Arts owner Joan Richert (Source: WAVE 3 News) St. Matthews Martial Arts owner Joan Richert (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro police warned women on Thursday to be vigilant of any possible attackers after two women told them they had been sexually assaulted near the University of Louisville campus.

WAVE 3 News spoke to a safe defense expert who said in most cases, there are ways women can protect themselves as long as they are committed to turning the tables.

"Ninety percent of it is your mental attitude. I will do something and I will do something to survive," St. Matthews Martial Arts owner Joan Richert said.

Richert has empowered hundreds of women

"Eyes, nose, chin windpipe," she demonstrated. "Groin. You know, claw to the face."

First, she said to be alert and assertive - don't act like prey.

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She said, "If I turn I become more aggressive in terms of what do you want? Do you need something?"

Things are different when the criminal has a gun, but Richert said remember - they don't want to draw more attention. She suggested turning to face the attacker and running in the opposite direction of where the gun is pointed. That way, they are less able to have an accurate shot, if they decide to shoot in the first place. Richert said drawing attention to themselves is one of the last things an attacker wants.

She suggested that if someone walks up to your car with a gun, never roll down the window or open the door, rather press the gas and take off no matter where you are.

"If they get in a car with you already, you know, get out. Even if the car is moving at a slower pace, you are at a light, jump out of the car," she said.

Because of the recent assaults, St. Matthews Martial Arts is hosting a free self-defense class to any college student who is interested on Sept. 21 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Students just have to show a student ID.

For more information about St. Matthews Martial Arts, click here.

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