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How to protect yourself from kidnappers

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 08 2013 09:08:35 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 08 2013 10:47:39 PM CST

Three men remain behind bars tonight after allegedly kidnapping two teenage girls in Pottsville, Schuylkill County.

Three men remain behind bars tonight after allegedly kidnapping two teenage girls in Pottsville, Schuylkill County.

As WFMZ reported Thursday, the girls were saved thanks to a quick-thinking cop.

So what could a woman do if she found herself in a similar situation?

Sensei Rob Wetmore with Leading Edge Martial Arts says being prepared is key.

“Once the guy puts their hands on them, they don't want to think about it. they don't want to give in to his demands. They immediately want to fight back” he said.

Everyday things like a purse or even keys can be used to help fend off an attacker, Sensei Rob adds no woman should ever be without pepper spray “No woman should be without one, let alone they should all have three. One in their car at all times, in case they forget the other two, one on their key ring and one somewhere in their purse” he said.

Sensei Rob says the point isn't to get into a fight but to create a window of opportunity to get out of the situation.

“I look at self defense much as I look at putting a seat belt on in a car. You put it on every day, hoping you'll never have to use it” he said.

Leading Edge Martial Arts hosts free workshops throughout the year regarding self defense.

For more information go to www.leadingedgemartialarts.com or call 610-434-EDGE.