Self-defense experts teach women how to protect themselves from possible abduction

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SEATTLE — Police have released terrifying footage of an abduction in Philadelphia.  It shows a man appearing to drag a woman down the street and force her into a car. Police released the video, hoping someone can help them identify and catch the kidnapper.

The video has caught the attention of self-defense experts in the Northwest. They say women should do anything they can to avoid getting into a car with a stranger.

Alisha Thng decided to take a women’s self-defense class at Seattle Central Community College, because she’s been bullied in the past.

“Most of it was verbal,” she says. “But if they ever get physical with you, you want to be prepared.”

Instructor Joanne Factor says it’s a good idea for all women to know how to protect themselves.

“Odds are you will never have to use these skills. But in case you need them, there’s not really a good substitute for them.”

Factor saw the surveillance video from Philadelphia and the way the victim tried to fight back. Although it wasn’t enough for her to get away, Factor tells her students they don’t have to be big or strong to fight someone off.

“What techniques can they use against vulnerable targets? I don’t go strength against strength. I go leverage against vulnerability.”

She says 95 percent of attackers will not chase a victim. They’ll leave and look for an easier target if a woman fights back. Alisha says just knowing that makes her feel more confident about her ability to take care of herself in a bad situation.

“Throw a punch, don’t just lie there and let them do whatever they want to do. Fight back, this is your life, take control of it.”

For more information on Factor’s self-defense classes, go to

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