Why learn self-defense?
Recent FBI Crime Reports found that
- males are victimized at rates 22% higher than females.
- Rape and sexual assault are the exception; females were raped at a rate about eight times that of males.
- Males are more likely to be victimized by a stranger, females by someone they know.
7 out of 10 sexual assault victims know their offender.
- A woman who fights back gains an 86% chance of avoiding the rape and incurs little chance of additional injury. Most injuries occur before the woman starts fighting back.
- Women using knives or guns in self defense were raped less than 1% of the time. (Kleck and Sayles, 1990)
- Young people aged 12 - 24 are most often the victims of a violent crime.
- Students age 12 through 18 were victims of about 186,000 serious violent crimes at school, and about 476,000 away from school. (1999)
- Persons age 16 -19 are raped at 35 times that of persons age 50 - 64 and are twice as likely to be robbed as persons age 25 - 34.
- Most homicide victims were young. In 1998, 63% of murder victims were under 35, and about 11% were under age 18.
- Workplace violence accounted for 18% of all violent crime between 1993 to 1999.
- At work or on duty, U.S. residents experienced over 1.7 million violent victimizations annually including 325,000 aggravated assaults, 36,500 rapes , 70,000 robberies, and 900 homicides.
- Weapon use :
In about 1 : 4 (26%) of violent crimes, a weapon was present.
Offenders had weapons in 6% of rapes and 55% of robberies in 2000.
Homicides are most often committed with handguns. In 1999, 65% of homicides were committed with guns, 13% with knives, 6% with blunt objects, and 16% with other weapons.