Superhero: a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; also : an exceptionally skillful or successful person
I love superheroes! Being a mom of two boys, superheroes are a big part of my everyday conversations with them. I want to share with you one of my favorite superhero stories. This story, however, is not about a fictional character, but a mother who did an extraordinary thing in a frightening circumstance.
When I lived in San Francisco in the mid 90’s there was a news story that caught my attention and has stuck with me all these years.
A young mother parked her car on the street while she did some shopping. She returned to her car, unlocked her steering wheel lock (The Club), put her child in the back seat and started her car. She still had the club in her hand as she was coming around the car from the passenger’s side, where she had placed her shopping bags, when a man jumped behind the wheel and slammed the car door in her face so he could drive off, stealing her car and the frightened child in the back seat. The mother, without a moments hesitation, wrapped her hand around the door inside the car (the window was down) and as the driver drug her down the street she proceeded to hit him with all her might with The Club she still gripped in her hand. In the process she broke his jaw, crushed his cheekbone and fractured his left arm! The driver stopped the car, crawled out onto the street and begged her to stop! He lay there in the street bleeding and broken until police arrived.
That, my friends, is what I call a superhero!!
I’ve always hoped that in a circumstance where I might find myself or those I love in danger I too would be able to “Fight Like A Girl” and kick some ass if I had to.
There are some frightening statistics out there about crime and violence against women and children that speak to why all of us should be prepared to defend or protect ourselves if we ever needed to.
In 2005, 1,181 women were murdered by an intimate partner. That’s an average of three women every day. Of all the women murdered in the U.S., about one-third were killed by an intimate partner.
4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.
232,960 women in the U.S. were raped or sexually assaulted in 2006.
Every 2 minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
Statistics taken from http://www.now.org/issues/violence/stats.html
These are staggering and scary statistics! Every woman should be skilled in a few basic techniques that would give her a fighting chance, or if nothing else the opportunity to flee a life threatening situation.
Let me introduce you to the man that can show you how to be Fierce and Fabulous!
Cole Parker is the co-founder of Divas In Defense, a self defense system that is geared toward women and girls. In this episode we were invited by our friend, musical artist, Zoe Myers to attend a Divas In Defense class with Cole and learn how to Fight Like A Girl!
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