Learn the Self-Defense Move that Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Used To Stop Hijackers

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As South African women, we all share something in common – we’ve either been a victim of some form of violence or know someone who has been. It’s so not cool, but it’s the truth. Here are three points that illustrate the harsh reality:

  • In South Africa, the murder of women increased by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17*
  • In the same time period, the number of women who experienced sexual offenses rose by a shocking 53%*
  • The Victims of Crime Survey found that women, in particular, refrain from ordinary daily activities due to fear of crime*

The facts are the facts, but that doesn’t mean you have to become a statistic. Former Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters chose to not become a victim when she fought back by performing a self-defense move that stunned her hijacker and prevented him from pushing her back into her car during the ordeal. Now, 1st for Women is making it their mission to educate women by showing them how to perform this potentially life-saving move.

As Casey Rousseau from 1st for Women Insurance explains: “It’s crucial for women to learn how to keep themselves safe and unharmed in any life-threatening situation and know where to turn for help. This is what every woman needs to know – there is only one target on the human body that can immobilise an attacker with very little training. There is no muscle in the throat and when you strike it, the attacker stops breathing.

Stay woke and stay positive, because there are real ways you can empower yourself, and this is one of them.

Learn The Move

  • Position yourself in front of the attacker (if he is behind you, turn around to face him by whatever means possible)
  • You need to stand as close as possible without being in the attacker’s space
  • Place your feet a shoulder’s width apart
  • Your hips should be at a 45-degree angle to the attacker
  • Use your whole body, swivel hips and shoulders and punch “through”, using your weight to give yourself momentum

Watch it in action here:

Last year, 1st for Women launched a movement that calls for all South Africans to unite as one powerful force in the fight against women abuse. It’s called ForWomen.

ForWomen brings together the public, private and non-profit organisations who are playing an active role in fighting against women abuse so that victims can access help quickly. It’s also an online platform that gives all South Africans and corporates a way to connect with organisations who need help.

Since 2005, 1st for Women has been working with organisations who are passionate about bringing about the change that is needed to end women abuse. A portion of all 1st for Women premiums goes towards the 1st for Women Foundation, which to date has made a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of South African women, through the R66 million donated to the Foundation. Now it’s your turn to stand up and join the movement. There’s strength in numbers – let’s join forces and make it count.

To get an insurance quote from 1st for Women or for more information, fill in the form below and an agent will get in touch with you:

This post was sponsored by 1st for Women. 

*Stats obtained from Statistics South Africa.

Ts & Cs apply. FSP 15261.

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