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When it comes to your personal safety, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. Avoiding potential pitfalls is the best way to stay safe. To that point, road warrior Sandy Long recently sent us this advice about highway safety and pre-planning. Hi Folks: My job has me constantly traveling the highways and byways.  Recently, I have been observing a new a phenomenon – more and more women (and men) standing outside of their cars talking on their cell phones, waiting for help.  So what is going on?  It appears that lots of folks are waiting way too long between […]

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Self-Defense … Cheating Can Save The Day

Looking to  introduce a women’s self-defense program to their respective school systems, a regional team of high school physical education teachers recently attended our women’s self-defense program. Anyone familiar with the teaching profession knows that following a well-defined curriculum is a method teachers use to measure their own success and that of their students. It took a while for our “students” to understand that they were not attending a martial arts school where tradition, form and the perfection of technique allows judges to assign points to determine a winners and losers. To avoid injuries martial arts competitions encourage combatants to […]

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Pirates of the Interstate… Driving Safety Tips

We recently met author Sandy Long who sent along some safety tips as seen through the eyes of a professional interstate truck driver. While you may not be driving an 18 wheeler, highlights from her article Pirates of the Interstate provide valuable safety insights to anyone who travels our nation’s highways. Hi Dennis and Jen: “It might surprise you to know that in the last year a ring of interstate pirates have been hijacking truckers along the PA Pike. They were taking everything from Clorox to shoes. And it’s not just happening in PA. Hijacking is spreading across the country. […]

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The Best Self-Defense Weapon

It’s legal in all 50 states.  You can carry it have it with at all times and you’ll never be stopped at airport security for having it with you.  So what is it? It’s not about whistles, pepper spray or even firearms. The best self weapon  is personal knowledge.  Acquiring it takes a bit of  commitment on your part, but isn’t your life worth the time?  33% of Americans consider personal safety to be one of today’s top-of-mind issues and research shows that number is growing every year.  Right now you’re probably saying, “I know this stuff; its common sense […]

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Women Bullied More Often In The Workplace

A new study from CareerBuilder shows the playground isn’t the only place one will encounter bullies. Twenty-seven percent of workers reported they have felt bullied in the workplace with the majority neither confronting nor reporting the bully. Comparing genders and age groups, the segments that were more likely than others to report feeling bullied were women, workers age 55 or older, and workers age 24 or younger. The study was conducted from February 21 to March 10, 2011 and included more than 5,600 full-time workers nationwide. Women reported a higher incidence of being treated unfairly at the office. One-third (34 […]

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Women Regaining Confidence

Dear IM-Safe.  My name is Sarah and I am a domestic violence survivor.  I’ve been out of my abusive relationship for 3 years now and actively involved in a number of victim support programs.  My question is, why do I still feel like a victim? I feel like I’m still somehow living in the shadows of my past.  What can I do to move past this once and for all?  I know I will always have the memories but how do victims get our confidence back? Sarah – Congratulations for leaving your unfortunate situation and furthermore making it your mission […]

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Domestic Violence Does Not Stay Home When Victims Go To Work

 It often can follow them to the office, resulting in violence in the workplace. Or it can spill over when a woman is harassed by threatening phone calls or text messages.  She may be absent more frequently due to injuries, rely more heavily on company provided medical benefits and be less productive due to extreme stress. 31% of all working women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. It is a fact that in any mid to large sized company that domestic violence is impacting employees. Domestic abuse must be […]

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Dealing With An Active Shooter

We have all seen the stories surrounding the unfortunate incident involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the subsequent deaths of innocent bystanders. One important lesson each of us can take from this event is recognizing the power of being self motivated and directed when responding to an attack.  Rather than withdrawing, one woman grabbed the new magazine the shooter had intended to use.  Her actions immediately stopped the shooter from injuring additional people.  She was then joined by two men who tackled the shooter and pinned him to the ground.  This technique of pinning is what we at IM-SAFE call “The […]

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Personal Safety Tips For Senior Women

While the greatest numbers of assaults are committed against women ages 16 to 55, elderly women make a serious mistake if they believe they are immune from sexual assault. Magnets for Bad Guys It is part of human nature to prefer predictable routines. Unfortunately for elderly women living alone, predictable routines are a roadmap to danger as they can be easily spotted by a criminal. The daily noon exercise classes, the regular trip to the bank or the weekly night out to the play cards with friends are exactly the kinds of triggers a predator looks for while seeking out victims. Breaking the Cycle To be safe […]

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Tapping Into Every Predator’s Fear

Did you ever wonder why criminals commit crimes?  The answer is quite simple — they think they can get away with it. It’s not the punishment that concerns a criminal; it is the certainty of getting caught. Here is an example.  Not long ago I  made the “mistake” of honking my horn at someone who cut me off in traffic.  It was a short honk. What followed was eye opening. He pulled in front of me and slammed on his brakes. He then began swerving violently and yelling out his window.   I guess he wanted to punish me for having the […]

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