Women are often advised to use non-aggressive strategies against sexual assault. Research suggests that this is a poor advice.According to one study, women who used non-forceful verbal strategies, e.g, crying or pleading with the assailant were raped about 96% of the time.
Forceful verbal resistance, including loud screaming was more effective than non-forceful verbal resistance. These strategies were associated with completion of rape from 44%-50% of the time.
Running works even better than verbal resistance. Researches indicate that only 15% of women who attempted to flee were raped.
Forceful physical resistance is an extremely successful strategy. The completed rape dropped to 14% when the rapist’s attempt was met with violent physical force. Striking was more successful than pushing or wrestling. Physical resistance also appeared to be more effective when assault occured outdoor.
Women who used knives or guns in self-defence were raped less than 1% of the time. Defensive use of edged or projectile weapons reduced the rate of injury to statistical insignificance.
|Strategy||Percent of Rapes Completed|
|Crying or pleading||96%|
|Forceful verbal resistance||44% - 50%|
|Forceful physical resistance||14%|
|Gun or a Knife||<1%|
There are people out there who seem to genuinely believe that women should not be taught to forcefully resist a rapist. In the real world they are wrong. The best way to teach a rapist not to rape is still a sucking chest wound.