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Self Defense

DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
edited September 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Okay, now just for the sake of knowledge, this is the same situation I posted about early last month. Now, I'm not defending or remaking that thread in any way. Just wanna say that. This is different.

I'll just give you guys the short version and spare you the novel.

Over the last month or so this crazy psycho asshole has singled me out for some reason as the object of his harassment. He must have smelled weakness or fear or something, because he's latched onto me and he's not letting go. He was living down the hall from me and was growing ever more malicious and bold, so it was progressing into a pretty scary situation, especially since he was coming back to the building shitfaced drunk each and every night.

Then my friend and me were out on a walk, and we noticed that every time we rounded a corner, we caught a glimpse of him, and suddenly our walk became a rather unnerving game of cat and mouse as we evaded one another.

So he's stalking me now. Great. This is where the police start to get involved. Then he starts coming to my job (the store I work at) and just shoplifting and shit. Police and security never respond in time, so I'm pretty much left holding the bag when I've got to explain the missing merchandise and the police call to my employer.

You're not supposed to drink when you live where I live. They will breathalyze you and kick you out if you walk in drunk. Most of the time. They weren't touching this guy though. I literally had to bait him into going to the front desk, call the desk on my friend's phone while he was standing there, and tell the desk-person to breathalyze him.

So they booted him for the night, and the rule is that he has to come in the next day and speak to the residence manager before he can come back in. He came back in drunk, so that was the end of his residence there.

Fast forward to now. He's somehow found out about what I did. He gets on the bus today and threatens to kill me. My friend was present. We call the police, they come and take a description and set out to find him. No word.

I don't get off work until it's dark out. He knows where I live, where I work, and what time I get off. There's a little park full of trees right across the street for him to hide in.

I am scared as fuck right now. If he jumps me, what can I do to defend myself? Should I invest in mace? A knife? A tazer? What? He is huge. If it comes to fisticuffs I am gonna get mauled.

e: the short version ended up being a lot longer that I thought it'd be. Sorry.

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    AurinAurin Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I'd get mace, if it's legal in your area, and just keep your wits about you. If you can vary the times you come home, or your route home... that'll be your best bet to stay out of this crazy dude's way.

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    ThegreatcowThegreatcow Lord of All Bacons Washington State - It's Wet up here innit? Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Aye pretty much the only thing you can get away with carrying on you without some kind of permit or getting in trouble for using it on someone is mace or pepper spray. If you do end up buying it, familiarize yourself with the operation of the spray so you don't accidentally misfire it.

    Unfortuatnely you're now at the mercy of if/when he decides to do something. For the time being until you're sure he's been dealt with, try to go around with a friend or stay in lighted areas. If you're heading out somewhere, let a roommate or friend know where you're going to be so in case something happens they can get help to you quickly.

    All in all just be prepared (not paranoid) and try to keep doing things the way you're doing.

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    NotYouNotYou Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Yes, mace is definitely the best option. It can go right on your keychain and you can just reach into your pocket if you're feeling freaked out and grab it. A taser and a knife are both worse ideas. I don't think you really want to stab someone anyways?

    Just go out with a friend if it's dark and no one's about for a while. And don't talk to this guy at all. ever.

    Also, make sure to keep calling the police whenever he does something. It'll create a nice paper trail if it ever becomes necessary to have one.

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    Casual EddyCasual Eddy The Astral PlaneRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Your best option is to avoid confrontation altogether. Tell a friend that a person has threatened your life, and ask to stay with them for a while. Do not go anywhere alone, ever.

    I can't really comment on actual self defense, I don't know anything about it.

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Would all that be enough to be able to get a restraining order on the guy, or would he have to actually physically touch you first?

    I mean, if he really wants to he will come after you anyway, but if it's at all possible to get a restraining order put on him before any physical confrontation, when it happened he would get in that much more legal shit.

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    LewishamLewisham Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I recently took up kickboxing. Several girls are there. It's a great way to stay in shape, plus you know you could handle yourself need be.

    You could try that (alongside all the other great advice)...

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    AlyceInWonderlandAlyceInWonderland Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Taking a self defense class is always a good idea in general. But it takes practice and memorization, and it seems like you don't have much time due to the urgency of the situation.

    I suggest getting some mace or pepper spray for the time being and the urgency, but if you can.. DO take a self defense/martial arts class. It'll be another thing to eventually help you out if you need it.

    and for the love of God... don't shank the dude. That'll just get you in deep shit, cause you know.... murder, and all.

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    if I remember correctly, this poster is a dude for all the people tailoring their advice for ladies

    don't get a knife, knives are bad self-defense weapons. Plus if he takes it from you after you fail to use it correctly, then that's a problem

    don't be alone for a while. Stay with a friend if you can and let the cops look around. Maybe call them and ask for some protection around your place and where you work when you get off at night. They'll at least patrol a little more frequently

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    DarkPrimus wrote: »
    Would all that be enough to be able to get a restraining order on the guy, or would he have to actually physically touch you first?

    I mean, if he really wants to he will come after you anyway, but if it's at all possible to get a restraining order put on him before any physical confrontation, when it happened he would get in that much more legal shit.

    you don't need to be touched to get a restraining order but I do believe the person being restrained needs to be notified about it, and if this guy has disappeared, it means exactly diddly

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Raneados wrote: »
    if I remember correctly, this poster is a dude for all the people tailoring their advice for ladies

    don't get a knife, knives are bad self-defense weapons. Plus if he takes it from you after you fail to use it correctly, then that's a problem

    don't be alone for a while. Stay with a friend if you can and let the cops look around. Maybe call them and ask for some protection around your place and where you work when you get off at night. They'll at least patrol a little more frequently

    if you bring any sort of weapon into a fight, you should expect to have it used against you

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2009
    Take all the usual precautions to avoid getting into a dangerous situation - travel with freinds whenever possible, tell people where you are going and when you should arrive at your destination, use public transport and use busy sidewalks as much as possible, stay in well lit public areas at night, don't park your car in dark or undeground carparks etc.

    If he does try to grab you, the first priority is escape. Mace is useful to give you a head start but if you can't get it out of your pocket in time two useful back ups are a knee or kick you the groin or a kick to the shin. If you go for the shin kick, actually kick and stomp so the side of your foot scrapes right down his shin. Hopeilly one of these options distracts him long enough for you to make a run for it and may slow his pursuit. Flee to the nearest populated area, even in preference to your own house.

    Get a mobile phone if you don't have one, keep it charged up and turned on and have the police on speed dial. You shouldn't even need a contract or credits to make emergency calls, so any cheap handset will do. Call the police immediately if you ever get into trouble.

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    mightyspacepopemightyspacepope Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I would echo a lot of the advice given. Make sure you keep the police informed as to all updates in what this guy is doing.

    Stay in public areas. Keep people around you, especially bigger people if possible.

    If you feel your spider-sense going off, listen to it. We have fight or flight instincts for a reason.

    It sounds like you should listen to your flight instinct. Be aware of routes you can take that will put you into public areas if you're chased. DO NOT LET IT COME TO FISTICUFFS. Hopefully, you're faster than this guy. If not, you're smarter.

    Do not invest in weapons. Tasers and knives are too tricky to be wielded in self-defense by someone who's untrained. Mace or pepper spray might be more useful, but it could also backfire (say if you miss) or you might piss him off more.

    There's no effective way to learn self-defense over a forum and you don't have time to take any lessons. I would recommend them when you have the opportunity. IF it comes down to a fight, close-quarters self-defense relies on two basic rules:

    1. Hard parts of your body (elbows, knees, maybe fists) against the soft parts of his (eyes, throat, nose, groin). Fight dirty if you have to, gouge eyes, scratch his face, tear his ear.

    2. Hit him in the groin.

    Overall, run. Avoid confrontation. Keep a safety net of people around you.

    If you do find yourself alone, have your phone at the ready. Have 911 ready. Even having your phone out can be a deterrent.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2009
    I've gotta advise against the kickboxing and self-defense classes for an immediate threat. While they slowly build ability, they build confidence much faster. That's not necessarily a good thing.

    Best case: keep people/friends around you. If that's not feasible, pepper spray would be your friend in this case. The strong stuff takes the fight out of everyone. If you are walking alone, keep your eyes up.

    Worst case: flatten out your hand with a slight curve in the knuckles and jab your middle fingers straight into his eye as fast/hard as you can. That will seriously fuck somebody's shit up, and requires almost no training at all. Then run, even if you didn't hit him square.

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    JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Place at the tableRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Doc wrote: »
    I've gotta advise against the kickboxing and self-defense classes for an immediate threat. While they slowly build ability, they build confidence much faster. That's not necessarily a good thing.

    Best case: keep people/friends around you. If that's not feasible, pepper spray would be your friend in this case. The strong stuff takes the fight out of everyone. If you are walking alone, keep your eyes up.

    Worst case: flatten out your hand with a slight curve in the knuckles and jab your middle fingers straight into his eye as fast/hard as you can. That will seriously fuck somebody's shit up, and requires almost no training at all. Then run, even if you didn't hit him square.

    between doc and I we've taken martial arts for more years than most of you have been alive. if the op fighting the guy was a credible option, the op would most likely know it and not be posting. By all means, take a class for its own sake, but if it's a perfect class it will still be maybe a year before you realize much out of it. If you want short term physical improvement to keep you safe, jog.

    Pepper spray isn't a bad idea. if you get some, make sure it's a brand that shoots a stream like a squirt gun - you don't want a "fogger" type (they sell these for dogs and bears and stuff and they are often cheaper than self defense brands but you do NOT want to use one in a building).

    If you get one, shoot it at least once, outdoors, down-wind.

    Another option to legally arm yourself to some degree: There are a number of flashlights between 5 and 7 inches that happen to be made out of aluminum or titanium. Many of them are marketed to first responders and have special tips for breaking windshields on the reverse, as well as a super-bright light.

    The key to using any weapon, from your fists or a roll of quarters on up to a colt .45, is to have it handy and ready when you need it, you need to know what it really does and doesn't do, and be mentally ready to use it. This is the problem with just buying the weapon and forgetting about it - lots of cans of pepper spray have been completely forgotten on keychains or buried in purses over the years.

    I take it from your post you guys either live in a dorm or halfway house. in either case, if whatever immediate advisor you have isn't demonstrating enough action, you will have to think about going over his head. First, try again with your residential advisor. The key phrase is "I don't feel you're meeting your obligation to keep me safe"

    This WILL work on your campus' administration.

    Document everything the guy does. Keep a small notebook and log his interactions with you as best you can.

    Do not be drawn into his narrative. Don't debate specifics with him. Stalkers function from a sense of entitlement and a sort of heliocentrism - engagement itself justifies what they are doing to them. In his mind, if he's a big enough part of your life to be a threat you have to get rid of, he's too big a part of your life to be a "stalker" if that makes sense (it really doesn't except in crazy asshole world but that's my point). Don't say anything to the guy except "go away" "leave me alone" "I don't know you, I don't want to talk to you" etc. With obvious caveats - if the guy has you cornered or something and you think humoring him will get out out of that corner fast, do it.

    Tell some trusted people but don't spread it all over the building. You might say, "hey fuck that guy, I can tell anyone I want" and you're ethically correct but the reason for this is the more this looks like some sort of normal "drama" to him, the realer you are making that fake narrative.

    Remember his mental health is a card you may play - when you're having that talk with your residential authorities make sure you put forth the point that you feel this guy is a legitimate danger to himself and others.

    Take common sense measures like having your keys out when you walk to the car, not overloading yourself, staying out of dark areas, etc.

    Put safety ahead of pride. If you feel like you need someone around, keep someone around.

    Keep reporting him to the police, if nothing else because the complaints being on file somewhere may help you later.

    Finally, to literally answer your final question, you can do almost anything you need to do to defend yourself. The key to doing so legally (although I am not a lawyer and this is just general advice) is generally to attempt to de-escalate and retreat from the conflict, and to not take excessive measures. Self defense becomes assault when you don't stop. A guy comes at you with a knife and you shoot him? Self defense. You shoot him 12 times? Not going to look as much like self defense. A guy attacks you and you punch him? Self defense. The punch knocks him down and you kick his ribs in when you could have left? Not going to look as much like self defense.

    Much of justifying something as self defense is in how it looks after the fact. The key thing you want to put forth is that you took the actions you took because you were in fear of your life, and that you did as little as possible - that all the actions you took were needed. A bad statement would be, "He jumped me so I hit him and knocked him on his ass, and I was like, "That's what you get, stay down," but then he jumped up and tackled me, so I stuck my thumb in his eye and rolled him off of me and when he tried to crawl away I maced him and then kicked him in the balls six times."

    While a good statement describing similar events would be, "He came up to me, I said, "what do you want" and he tried to grab me. I pushed him down and told him to stop. He didn't stop. He got up and reached for me so I hit him again while yelling for help. He started to hit me so I tried to run but he tackled me and after that I don't remember what happened exactly, I was too scared, but I got out from under him somehow and I made it to my car but he was still behind me and I didn't have time to unlock it so I pepper sprayed him with this stupid pepper spray my mom gave me that I never thought I'd need (starts crying)"

    Also, another huge thing for establishing that you are on the side of good is to be the guy who calls it in and works with the police, and to do so promptly.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2009
    Doc wrote: »
    I've gotta advise against the kickboxing and self-defense classes for an immediate threat. While they slowly build ability, they build confidence much faster. That's not necessarily a good thing.

    Best case: keep people/friends around you. If that's not feasible, pepper spray would be your friend in this case. The strong stuff takes the fight out of everyone. If you are walking alone, keep your eyes up.

    Worst case: flatten out your hand with a slight curve in the knuckles and jab your middle fingers straight into his eye as fast/hard as you can. That will seriously fuck somebody's shit up, and requires almost no training at all. Then run, even if you didn't hit him square.

    between doc and I we've taken martial arts for more years than most of you have been alive. if the op fighting the guy was a credible option, the op would most likely know it and not be posting. By all means, take a class for its own sake, but if it's a perfect class it will still be maybe a year before you realize much out of it. If you want short term physical improvement to keep you safe, jog.

    Thirding this. Martial arts is a grind. It's not *rocky training montage* ready to kick ass and take names. I trained in MA for about 7 years collectively and I think I'm maybe just about at a stage where if I was attacked I could possibly use some of the basics I learned over those years. On balance I'd prefer to just avoid any situation where I'm likely to have to test what I've learned in a situation off the mats.

    The first step in self defence is to avoid confrontations.
    The second step in self defence is to get away from a confrontation as quickly as possible with as little injury to yourself as possible.
    Only once those options are exhausted should you consider resorting to fighting - either armed or unarmed - and to be honest, if your assailant has managed to prevent you from acting on steps one and two, he probably has a contingency plan in place in the event that you know kung fu.

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    Iceman.USAFIceman.USAF Major East CoastRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Having only the most basic hand-to-hand combat training (RE: military), I can say I've kept myself out of trouble many times when I should have been in deep shit.

    How? Be aware.

    Every play Metal Gear Solid? Of course you have. You know the little danger thing when someone sees you and everybody freaks out? You need to be thinking like those guards (only, you know, smarter). Be aware of your surroundings. Be an active participant in your walk home, not just going through the motions.

    Take note of people who are usually home (lights on, car in the driveway) along your route and remember that. If you have to run from this dude, and you can't get someplace public like a store, a persons house is the next best bet. Most people (this guy might not be most) will be hesitant to get into anything on someone elses doorstep, and the people in the house will be quick to call the cops.

    Also take note of vehicles (does this dude have a car?). I park in a large garage at home, and some people NEVER vary their parking spaces. This can be a detriment if someone is harboring some kind of malice toward them (as the dude whose Corvette's rims got stolen this week would attest to).

    In all just be aware of your surroundings, potential destinations if shit goes south and you can help yourself a great deal.

    If in doubt, and this prick shows up and starts trying to start something gtfo and start yelling for help. It might sound cowardly or whatever, but this is your life. You only get one.

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    You should be able to get a restraining order based off the death threat, especially if he's been stalking you.

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    SideAffectsSideAffects Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    "People say, "Oh, it's dangerous to keep weapons in the home or the workplace." Well, I say it's better to be hurt by someone you know accidentally, than by a stranger, on purpose." -Dwight Schrute

    Go to an Army Store, buy a little thing of Mace. It will f that guy up, and also sprays a dye so he is clearly labelled as having gotten Maced.

    On a side note, Mace makes an excellent gift for a sister or a female friend. I got it for my sister and she thinks it's the coolest thing ever.

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    DmanDman Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The jogging thing is good advice. Being able to outrun someone can be the best defense. It's a mistake to assume a huge guy runs slowly...longer legs = faster.

    My friend took marshal arts for years and was still badly beaten by 2 random guys about his own size and weight who had no training. I imagine one huge guy would be similar. Running away is always your best option.

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    DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Yeah I am a dude. I should have said that.

    The thing about my route home is that there are no houses with cars in the driveway. There's a few businesses that are closed, the civic center, an abandoned library, and an apartment complex locked up with big iron gates. The area is not well lit at all. My only option I guess is to have my friends walk home with me for a while.

    Oh yeah, somebody stole my phone. So if he jumps me, I'm double-fucked. Where can I buy the strong mace? What does one look for when they buy it? Is there like a rating or something? Is it really gonna stop him, or is he going to fly into a blind rage and hurt me that much worse? I just ask because, you know, movies...*sigh*

    Its funny you mention kung fu, because I actually do know a bit. I've been studying tai chi chuan for like four months, but my dedication to it is somewhere on a level beneath 'passing hobby.' I do it for fun. It's not something I ever plan on using for self defense, and I have no illusions about my abilities. Hitting this guy would be like hitting a tractor tire. He's 5'9 and probably weighs 275 lbs.

    The exact conversation we had on the bus went something like this. (Some of the things he said I didn't hear)

    Him: You. I need to talk to you. I know you got me kicked out.

    Me: What? No. Where'd you hear that? Whoever told you that is full of shit.

    Him: No hey. Shut up. I know, okay? They told me. Now when you and me get off this bus, we're gonna fight.

    Me: Nah. I'm not fighting you.

    Him: You're gonna have to. What else are you gonna do?

    Me: Call the cops I guess.

    Him: (Backs up a bit, looking almost surprised) Oh, you're gonna call the cops, huh?

    Me: Looks like I might have to. You're not exactly giving me a-

    Him: (Interrupts me, points a finger in my face) I'm gonna fucking kill you. You owe me money. (He actually says the first part just as my friend starts making a ruckus, and then he says I owe him money almost as an afterthought as he walks away.

    (Friend gets up hearing the 'you're gonna have to', demands that the bus driver calls the police, and the bus driver refuses. In fact, a lady on the bus literally told my friend to sit down and leave this poor man alone. Or at least that's what he related to me later.)

    Oh. One thing of note is that when we did call the police shortly afterward, it took them a half hour plus to show up.

    Edit: Also, thanks everyone. I really appreciate it. Also I changed the last parts for the sake of clarity.

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    DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    It's time for a restraining order and more calls to the cops. Make a long ass paper trail.

    Also, where do you live?

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    DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Iowa. In Des Moines.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2009
    Get a cheap replacement handset as soon as possible. Doesn't necessarily need to be on your existing contract or even have a sim card, so long as it's got a reception it will still make outgoing 911 calls.

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    KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Keep hassling the cops and recording every interaction with the guy.

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    underdonkunderdonk __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2009
    Your best option is to avoid confrontation altogether.

    Seriously. Take this advice. The time it's going to take for you to learn any form of self-defense technique and/or implement sounds like going to be waaaay longer than the time frame in which this situation is going to resolve itself. You have the right to defend yourself, and you should, but don't plan on picking up a gun/knife/pepper spray and being able to do it at anywhere near a proficient level within about a year's time (of intense training). Do not cause the situation to escalate to a level where deadly force is involved by carrying a weapon with you until you are sure you can and will use it if need be. Avoid a confrontation with this person at all costs. Stay somewhere else for a while, always travel with someone else, etc. until the situation is resolved with law enforcement's assistance.

    Also this.
    Kyougu wrote: »
    Keep hassling the cops and recording every interaction with the guy.

    This is very important.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Another vote for mace/pepper spray. Do a little research into the good kinds and whether or not you need a permit (I doubt it, but check anyway).

    Is there anyone else at your work while you're working? Make sure they're aware of the situation and what the guy looks like in case he comes skulking around.

    Work on getting a restraining order as soon as possible.

    Do what JohnnyCache says in regards to getting your ResLife people to help you.

    Can you run in the shoes you wear to work? Do you think you can outrun/outpace this guy? It's usually the best solution if you can in fact get away.

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    KendeathwalkerKendeathwalker Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    .. the cops seem like they dont really give a shit until blood gets spilled.

    I was recently party to an incident where a girl at my school was sexually assulted- in broad daylight on a street corner of two busy streets at 8 in the morning on sunday directly outside the school . A couple of us from the class went looking for the fucker-no dice-(we responded pretty quickly as she ran into the room bawling less than a minute after babbling about what happened) and I called the cops immediately and it still took them about an hour to show up. Granted this was in Los Angeles so the LAPD propably has slightly bigger issues seeing as no one was seriously injured.


    Get the mace.. and start jogging. Interval sprints wouldnt be a bad idea either. 5'9 - 275.. Tubby cant beat you if he cant catch you

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    DragonPupDragonPup Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    With some quick googling, there are no laws restricting mace/pepper spray where you live. Just remember, do NOT threaten him with it. If the spray comes out, it goes in his face, and you don't want to give him any warning of it. Some of those products also have built in dye that doesn't wash off, either.

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    dwwatermelondwwatermelon Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Avoiding possible confrontations is your first priority. If you leave work at night, get a friend to come walk with you. Lock your doors. When you're out, keep situational awareness: Look around, be actively involved in getting from A to B rather than looking at your shoes thinking about naked chicks or football. Vary as much as possible your time of departure, route, and method of travel. If it comes to a confrontation you've already failed to a degree.

    If it does come down to a confrontation, try to talk your way out of it IF it doesn't reduce your chances of escape. Don't let him get NEAR arm's reach. If he gets within 7-10 feet, fucking bolt. Run your ass off toward the nearest place where there are other people. While you're running, get your mace out in case he's faster than you and use it as soon as he gets close enough.

    Most of this has already been said, and I'll also second the idea of logging your interactions with this guy. When it comes to justifying your actions to the Justice System, you want to be able to establish a clear pattern of threatening behavior. Write names, places,date and times, witnesses, and exactly what was said.

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    jeddy leejeddy lee Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I would also advise trying not to appear scared. Use as much effort as you can to walk to/from your car with shoulders up, strong paced. Predators prey on fear. Also, as discussed, as much as possible have someone else around, ask a coworker to walk you to your car, try and stay with friends, etc..

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    EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I'll advise against pepper spray because this guy has already shown himself to be a major douche. Who knows you. Pepper spray is decent against a random attacker -- if you "win." If you don't "win," then the attacker takes your spray and uses it on you and then does whatever he wants -- takes your money, rapes you, beats the shit out of you, whatever.

    If it's a person who knows shit about you and is trying to start something, why would you mace them?


    Put yourself in his shoes. You were kicked out of your place to live. You hate Dirty for no real reason. And you're a violent douche. So this guy you want to fight suddenly maces you. Are you going to leave him alone? Hell no! He just REALLY pissed you off! You're going to wait outside his place, make sure he can't spray you, and THEN really beat the shit out of him. You're not even going to try to fight -- you're gonna bring a baseball bat and sneak up on the pepper-spraying jerk.


    Get a restraining order which, while it won't stop him from harassing you completely, will a) set up precedent that he's a douche, so if he punches you you can go to the police/court, and, b) provide non-confrontational ammunition for when he does bother you again. So if he does confront you at a bus stop you can say "Dude, leave me alone -- I got a restraining order against you, because I don't want anything to do with you and you keep harrassing me."

    But yeah, stay with friends if possible, and try to get a phone again. Even a pre-paid jobby will suit you fine for dealing with this guy. If he jumps you tonight, or before you get a phone, just make sure to yell as loud as you can "HELP THIS GUY IS TRYING TO KILL ME." Or get one of those rape whistles (even though you're a dude, they're still a great way to get people's attention).

    On the plus side, if he was truly going to sneak up on you and beat your ass, he probably would have already done it. He's trying to scare you and provoke you. That's why he's confronting you and trying to start a fight, rather than just coming out swinging. He's pissed off and the only way he knows how to handle it is to "fight," but deep down he knows that he can't just sneak up on a dude and jump him, beating the shit out of him. So he keeps trying to scare you and provoke you, so you agree to "fight" him. In that vein, keep doing what you're doing by refusing to fight with him, and by telling him to leave you alone because you're never going to fight him.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    EggyToast wrote: »
    Put yourself in his shoes. You were kicked out of your place to live. You hate Dirty for no real reason. And you're a violent douche. So this guy you want to fight suddenly maces you. Are you going to leave him alone? Hell no! He just REALLY pissed you off! You're going to wait outside his place, make sure he can't spray you, and THEN really beat the shit out of him. You're not even going to try to fight -- you're gonna bring a baseball bat and sneak up on the pepper-spraying jerk.

    Erm, the plan with the pepper spray isn't to spray the guy as soon as you see him, then run away with the villain vanquished. It's to spray him if worst comes to worst and the guy attacks the OP. It's strictly a short-term tool to let the OP get away and call the police and say "This fucker attacked me in the street." The police and others already have reports of the guy making death threats.

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    KalTorak wrote: »
    EggyToast wrote: »
    Put yourself in his shoes. You were kicked out of your place to live. You hate Dirty for no real reason. And you're a violent douche. So this guy you want to fight suddenly maces you. Are you going to leave him alone? Hell no! He just REALLY pissed you off! You're going to wait outside his place, make sure he can't spray you, and THEN really beat the shit out of him. You're not even going to try to fight -- you're gonna bring a baseball bat and sneak up on the pepper-spraying jerk.

    Erm, the plan with the pepper spray isn't to spray the guy as soon as you see him, then run away with the villain vanquished. It's to spray him if worst comes to worst and the guy attacks the OP. It's strictly a short-term tool to let the OP get away and call the police and say "This fucker attacked me in the street." The police and others already have reports of the guy making death threats.

    Eggy is beyond over reacting about the mace. Mace works because it disables quickly and gives you a chance to escape. This is why I carry it. When you're attacked and you feel like your life may be in danger (been there, done that, wish I had the mace and not a plastic mug to defend myself with but hey, it worked and now I carry mace) it gives you a chance to escape and as Kal has pointed out, you then have the chance to call the cops and have his ass arrested for attacking you and then a restraining order is going to be easy to get.

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    Psychotic OnePsychotic One The Lord of No Pants Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    As far as mace goes I recommend the Inferno spray from Cold Steel. Its a foam and has a minimal chance of spray back. Plus it burns like hell even on just skin contact.

    If you feel you MUST have some sort of weapon I would recommend a cane or extendable baton [pending state laws on such items]. A good cane can look fashionable and an effective self defense tool. Either a thick city stick with metal toper, an African Walking stick, or an Irish Blackthorne Cane all make good ready to use items in a pinch. Other wise if they are legal to carry in your area an extendable baton [aka ASP] are painful deterrents to back up. They collapse into basicly what equates to a bicycle handle and extend out with the flick of the wrist. I will warn that you never strike the neck or head with one unless you want to severely injure or kill the guy as they can break the skull if you strike with the tip of it. Both give reach and will make them think twice about advancing after a good hit giving you time to yell for help or get away.

    If you want to learn self defense I would recommend either Muy Tai or Gracie Combatives. Muy Tai is intesive but Gracie combat claims that they can teach anyone of any condition of to protect themselves in a street fight.

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    illigillig Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    you're in middle america? these states are generally very gun friendly... if i were you, at this point i'd have a concealed weapons permit and constantly carry

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    illig wrote: »
    you're in middle america? these states are generally very gun friendly... if i were you, at this point i'd have a concealed weapons permit and constantly carry

    ... after he's taken safety and training courses in order to properly know how to use his weapon and not fuck up and knows he won't lose his shit and freak out and fire wildly and end up making shit a whole lot worse.

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    Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    illig wrote: »
    you're in middle america? these states are generally very gun friendly... if i were you, at this point i'd have a concealed weapons permit and constantly carry

    ... after he's taken safety and training courses in order to properly know how to use his weapon and not fuck up and knows he won't lose his shit and freak out and fire wildly and end up making shit a whole lot worse.

    On top of this, from the sounds of it the OP lives in a college dorm which make up all sorts of regulations and their own definitions of legal terms. This can extend to outlaw kitchen knives, pocket knives, and box cutters to say nothing of pepper spray and other stuff actually designed for defense.

    Options may be severely, severely limited given this and the very questionable quality of some campus security.

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    Psychotic OnePsychotic One The Lord of No Pants Parts UnknownRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    illig wrote: »
    you're in middle america? these states are generally very gun friendly... if i were you, at this point i'd have a concealed weapons permit and constantly carry

    ... after he's taken safety and training courses in order to properly know how to use his weapon and not fuck up and knows he won't lose his shit and freak out and fire wildly and end up making shit a whole lot worse.

    On top of this, from the sounds of it the OP lives in a college dorm which make up all sorts of regulations and their own definitions of legal terms. This can extend to outlaw kitchen knives, pocket knives, and box cutters to say nothing of pepper spray and other stuff actually designed for defense.

    Options may be severely, severely limited given this and the very questionable quality of some campus security.

    Which is why I mentioned a walking stick. No cane is outlawed anyway.

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    JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Place at the tableRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    As far as mace goes I recommend the Inferno spray from Cold Steel. Its a foam and has a minimal chance of spray back. Plus it burns like hell even on just skin contact.

    If you feel you MUST have some sort of weapon I would recommend a cane or extendable baton [pending state laws on such items]. A good cane can look fashionable and an effective self defense tool. Either a thick city stick with metal toper, an African Walking stick, or an Irish Blackthorne Cane all make good ready to use items in a pinch. Other wise if they are legal to carry in your area an extendable baton [aka ASP] are painful deterrents to back up. They collapse into basicly what equates to a bicycle handle and extend out with the flick of the wrist. I will warn that you never strike the neck or head with one unless you want to severely injure or kill the guy as they can break the skull if you strike with the tip of it. Both give reach and will make them think twice about advancing after a good hit giving you time to yell for help or get away.

    If you want to learn self defense I would recommend either Muy Tai or Gracie Combatives. Muy Tai is intesive but Gracie combat claims that they can teach anyone of any condition of to protect themselves in a street fight.

    ASPs are illegal most places. Muay thai is a great fighting art, but like any art you need no less then 6 months to it to even begin to wrest serious proficiency out of it. Gracie Combatives is a terrible learn-at-home version of Brazilian jiu-jitsu that Helio Gracie would be ashamed of.

    a young man with a cane, btw, never, ever looks fashionable. Jesus.

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    mightyspacepopemightyspacepope Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Attempting to use a weapon without having some sort of training with it is going to be bad news. Don't get a cane or an extendable baton or anything.

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