Research has found that forceful physical and verbal resistance strategies (e.g.biting, hitting, fighting back, yelling, screaming, forcefully fleeing or using a weapon, martial arts or other physical self-defense techniquesare effective in thwarting assaults on women. Moreover, these strategies do not appear to significantly increase the risk of serious injury. 

Conversely, non-forceful strategies (e.g., pleading, crying, reasoning) and not resisting (e.g., freezing) are generally noteffective. Some evidence suggests that passive strategies can even increase the risk of injury.




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