San Diego Woman Sexually Assaulted while Jogging

Yesterday, a woman in the San Diego community of Fallbrook was attacked while jogging. She was pushing her child in a baby jogger, enjoying a trail near a park. A man armed with a knife jumped out of some bushes, attacked the woman, and sexually assaulted her.

San-Diego Women Sexual Assault Fallbrook Trail

Scene of the sexual assault on a San Diego / Fallbrook trail

Our hearts goes out to the victim. Below is an attempt to put the attack into context. It is not intended to minimize the seriousness of the attack in any way.

Being assaulted is a very traumatic event. “Assailant jumps out of a bush” cases tend to receive tremendous amounts of news coverage, as yesterday’s case received on San Diego 10 News, The San Diego Union Tribune, Fox News, and other news outlets.

However, we must realize that most sexual assaults do not involve armed people jumping out of bushes. According to the studies by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (such as the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey):

  • 85% of sexual assaults involve assailants who are known to the victim (including acquaintances met at parties, bars, etc., in the hours leading to the attack)
  • 50% of attacks occur in residences
  • At least 90% of the time, no weapon is used

This is a good time to also remind what we advocate during martial arts training and self defense workshops:

  • Be vigilant to your surroundings. The biggest culprit here is our smart phone which, unabated, “sucks” us away from our immediate surroundings.
  • Fight back!!!! The biggest myth is that you have to cooperate with an assailant. This is a fallacy. Most assailants are opportunistic, and your resistance will persuade the assailant to leave you alone and seek an easier victim.
  • Use all of your available weapons:
    • Your voice — to be assertive, and to summon help
    • Keys
    • Phone
    • Purse
    • Shoes
    • Finger pokes
    • Palm strikes
    • Foot stomps
    • Knee kicks
    • Scratching
    • Other
  • Aim for vital targets:
    • Groin
    • Eyes
    • Ears
    • Throat / Adam’s Apple
    • Knees
    • Feet
    • Other targets, although not vital, can also be highly effective: finger and other small joints, nose, skin, etc.
  • Keep fighting!!! Fight back even if the assailant has a weapon, hits you, or tries to physically dominate. Keep fighting until you break loose! Never stop!
  • Ran away to safety – run toward people
  • Report to police, and seek support. Less than 10% of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement. This allows perpetrators to continue attacking new victims. Help stop future attacks by reporting what happened to you!

If you attended a self defense workshop, practice the techniques you learned. You probably noticed that with a little training, the amount of power you can generate, and your accuracy has improved tremendously. Keep practicing. For more in-depth training, we recommend Okinawan Karate, a martial art which, over hundreds of years, has perfected unarmed self defense.

Stay safe!

Brian is a life-long martial artist, athlete, and serial entrepreneur. He teaches martial arts and self defense to adult and teen students in San Diego, at the Full Potential Martial Arts dojo in Carmel Valley.

2 comments on “San Diego Woman Sexually Assaulted while Jogging
  1. Ken D. says:

    Thanks for sharing the article.

    It’s truly unfortunate, that people are attacked; for one reason or another.

    It’s sad to hear that what goes on out there and some of it can be prevented, if only people would take the necessary steps to prepare themselves; in the rare event that it would happen to them.

    I’ve heard of both men and women Martial Artists, who luckily were able to escape harm; due to their Martial Arts training. In most instances, no contact was necessary. However, where contact was necessary; it saved their life.

    I recall living in New York City and they had a Patrol Group (The Guardian Angels) that rode the Subways and they protected innocent people, from Riff Raff (bad people/bad gangs). The Guardian Angels were trained in Martial Arts, in good shape, and kept peace on the Subways and the streets of the neighborhood.

    Needless to say, Martial Arts can help in certain situations.

  2. Brenda says:

    Excellent advice on how to stay safe! Thanks!

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