Always be on the alert, even at work!
In todays blog we take another look at how someone can be at risk while doing their regular job duties and also how self-defense can help prevent such dangers.
When Joanne Camden 35 of Portland Oregon had an appointment to show a client around a new house, she had no reason to think it would be different from the many other occasions she had done this service. Today however, was going to really be her nightmare come true!
Joanne explains “I had arranged to meet a couple of newlyweds at a brand-new house that had only just been built the previous week and this was the first house to be completed so was quite a lonely area.”
“I got there early and went through the rooms making sure I had my presentation how I wanted it, nothing looks worse than you are acting like you’ve never seen the house before, so I always like to do this first, it`s more professional and gives the client more confidence in my ability.”
People aren’t always genuine. Beware!
“All was well until the guy showed up without his wife claiming she didn’t feel too good, at the time the alarm bells weren’t ringing but probably should have really as it’s kind of strange that only one would come to see a new house, kind of an important thing to do together being newlyweds you would think, I mean, usually they’d cancel and reschedule so both can see it. Come to think of it I had never spoke to his wife, only him, she was never available.”
“As I was showing the guy around, he seemed perfectly normal until we got to the back of the house where the bedroom would be, as we entered the room, he closed the door behind us locking it. Before I could say anything, he was immediately on me like lightning! Pushed me to the ground hitting me then raped me. I was no match for his strength and couldn’t stop him, I tried but just couldn’t.”
Joanne was sexually assaulted; the attacker ran off but was quickly caught by local police once she called them. The security cameras showed him running out of the house.
It turned out the guy wasn’t even married, just a scammer with a history of violent attacks. He is currently awaiting trial. Joanne suffered cuts and bruises and needed counseling after her horrific ordeal.
You can be a victim anywhere, anytime
This story really shows how dangerous certain jobs can be. Most of the time it’s not like that of course, but the unthinkable can and does happen.
A little self-defense knowledge really could have helped here and could have prevented the terrible ending. It was interesting when Joanne said her attacker was too strong for her to stop the attack, the beauty of self-defense of course is the fact you don’t have to be strong to use it effectively as it’s all about technique not strength.
Too many red flags to ignore
This story had red flags all over it! Meeting a client in such a remote area was never a good idea, possibly a co-worker or friend could have gone for back up. The fact the guy came without his wife and she was never available was a big red flag.
Easy to say afterwards of course but better preparation could have saved the day here. Like the saying goes; prevention is better than the cure.
Are you doing a job where you might unintentionally be putting yourself at risk by meeting strangers? If so, consider taking up self-defense, it could prevent you from attack. it might be all you have and all you need!