Special Report: Surviving an attack
No woman wants to become a victim of attack, but it's more common than you may think. According to the Department of Health and Hospitals; one in three women will be abused in her lifetime.
News2 went to the experts for tips about defenses.
- When someone is attacking you the main thing you want to do is try get away. Men are often times stronger and when you try to match your strength with theirs you'll lose. The most common place women are attacked is in a parking lot.
"The morning that it happened to me, I was working as a secretary and I was the only person in the parking lot," said Carolyn Stapleton.
A man on a bike chased Stapleton through the parking lot as she tried to get to her office building.
"As I was going through the gate he was coming to it from the other side and I locked and closed it. He reached through with his hand and grabbed my hand but I made it through safely."
30 years later, its still haunts her. She's since learned how to defend herself, which police say is the best thing any woman can do.
"Most women, when they get attacked... don't do anything, because they don't know how to fight back and they don't know what to do," said Derek Leblanc an instructor with the Gonzales Police Department
"I shook and cried for hours and I didn't get hurt but I can remember thinking, to look at him so I can remember his face because he was going to hurt me."
The man got away.
Now Stapleton works with victims of crime and tells every woman to take a self-defense class because it could save their life.
Police say attackers are looking for easy targets people not paying attention; this means don't walk out of the store digging through your purse or texting on your cell phone. A good thing to do is have your keys in hand, if needed it can be used as a weapon.
This is a two-part series. Look for the rest tomorrow evening on WBRZ.com and on Friday's News2 at 10:00