Police officers are investigating a possible abduction in Philadelphia after a man reportedly struck a woman in the head with a baseball bat and threw her into a vehicle, NBC Philadelphia reports.
The witness told police that at approximately 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, a woman was struck in the head and dragged to a vehicle, which then left headed eastbound on Erie Street.
The witness said the victim was a white woman wearing scrubs with short blond hair. The man who possibly abducted the woman was said to be a white male with black hair and a beard. He was wearing black sweatpants and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The vehicle that the suspect drove away in was thought to be a black Chevy Cruze, which was last seen on G Street at Roosevelt Boulevard.
The investigation is being handled by the Special Victims Division. This news is breaking, and it has not yet been revealed whether an Amber Alert is appropriate, but more information will be provided as it becomes available.
Just last month, an Ohio woman made a 911 call that not only saved her life, but led to the discovery of three women’s bodies.
Shawn Grate, 40, was sleeping when a woman whom he had abducted made a 17-minute phone call to 911 dispatchers begging them to help her, People reports.
The woman revealed that she had been abducted told the dispatcher that the man had a taser. When the dispatcher asked the woman if she was able to leave the house, she said that she was scared.
“I don’t know without waking him and I’m scared.”
As she spoke with the dispatcher, she nervously told the dispatcher that she had woke him up.
The woman was able to lead the police to the abandoned Ashland Township home, where Grate was arrested and charged with abduction.
She revealed that a month prior to the abduction, she became friends with Grate.
After Grates arrest, he led them to two bodies of women on the same residence where the victim was held hostage. Eventually, Grate led authorities to a third body on a different residence.
Q13 Fox reports how women can protect themselves from being victim’s of abduction.
Joanne Factor, a self-defense instructor, tells women that they should always be prepared to protect themselves. He reveals that women do not have to be tough in order to fight away a predator.
“What techniques can they use against vulnerable targets? I don’t go strength against strength. I go leverage against vulnerability.”
Joanne reveals that 95-percent of women who run away will not be chased, but if you are attacked and cannot get away, fight back. Men prefer going after easier targets.
“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.”
SDGLN reports that self-defense is, indeed, a woman’s best weapon. Self-defense and rape aggression defense (RAD) strategies are highly recommended to women, Emelyn de la Pea, Campus Diversity Officer & Director at the UC San Diego Women’s Center, reveals.
“I always advocate increased awareness and vigilance when it comes to keeping ourselves safe…whether it be jogging in the park, attending a party or having coffee with a friend. It never hurts to have more education and information when it comes to personal safety, which is why I think that taking a self-defense course is a good strategy to increase one’s options of personal safety tools.”
Women and children should learn and develop self-defense skills. California R.A.D./radKIDS director and instructor Steve Williams states that certain steps by women and children can be taken to stop violence against them.
“Women and children, with training, can effectively stop violence upon themselves if they decide upon resistance as course of action. Understanding a predator’s actions, learning risk reduction skills, understanding the law and self defense and learning physical skills to escape violence are some basic options. Developing a plan of action, using distraction techniques, understanding how predators use tricks, knowing your personal weapons and a predator’s vulnerable locations and avoiding panic are some others.”
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