HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) – Disturbing video released by Philadelphia Police this week shows a hooded man appearing to drag 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither down the street and force her into a car.
Police released this frightening footage in the hopes of catching an apparent kidnapper, and they did just that. They arrested 37-year-old Delven Barnes Wednesday.
And they found Carlesha Freeland-Gaither inMaryland, unharmed.
So, the question becomes, how can you better protect yourself in situations like this?
In a study of attempted kidnappings back in 2006, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that six out of ten victims fought back, and successfully escaped.
“Just mainly the news, and seeing all those girls getting kidnapped and taken and stuff, so it made me want to come try it out,” says Courtney Burns, about her decision to start Krav Maga.
Courtney burns is a student at Wallace State, and drives 45 minutes into Huntsville just for self-defense classes.
“Mainly for self protection and for it to always be in my back pocket in case I’m going out that night and I need some protection, and maybe I can help out a friend if they need it,” says Courtney.
Claymore Krav Maga is one of several self-defense centers here in the Tennessee Valley.
“Krav Maga is an Israeli method of self-defense,” says Ryan Rushton, the owner of Claymore Krav Maga. “There seems to be a rash in the headlines of high profile attacks on realtors, to the lady who was abducted in Philadelphia this week. We get a lot of concern.”
One of the most important things Ryan and his team teach is awareness.
“We teach, first and foremost, to have good habits, and to be aware of your surroundings. Spot danger before it develops. If you do see it developing, to position yourself away from it, and if you’re not able to do that, then to verbally de-escalate, to be assertive and, then and only then, if that doesn’t work, to go 100% aggressive and protect yourself physically,” says Rushton.
And make sure you’re ready, if the need for a fight develops.
“We don’t know how fit or strong our attacker is going to be, but something we can control is how fit, aggressive and trained we are, so if we can stack those factors in our favor, then the odds of survival are much greater when you have those working in your favor,” Rushton says.
“I would recommend it for anyone,” says Courtney.
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