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How Could Ben Ownby Have Prevented His Own Abduction?

Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck never made it home. There are no guarantees that all attempted abductions can be stopped, but arming children with self-defense techniques that work will give them that chance to escape.

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January 15, 2007 (FPRC) -- It’s 3:30 PM. Ben Ownby stepped off his school bus. He never made it home. Children are abducted daily because they are not taught how to effectively defend themselves against attackers. Arming our children with the appropriate techniques gives them that chance to escape. “Children are weaker than their attackers”, says Janet Goliger, “and they are vulnerable. The key to their survival is the ability to recognize danger before something happens, and the ability to flee if attacked by surprise. Children must fight back. It is essential for children to repetitively practice self-defense techniques on a regular basis, so it becomes second nature to them, to react quickly and with confidence.”

Safety Tips For Survival:

Be aware! Know your surroundings.
• Be alert. Pay attention to anything that appears different.
• Stay ahead of slow moving cars.
• Back up immediately when approached by a stranger. Turn and run to a safe place as quickly as possible.
• Walk with confidence, don’t look like a victim. Stand up straight and scan your environment frequently, turning your head side-to side.
• Anticipate a dangerous situation. Always be prepared to escape mentally and physically.

Grabbed by surprise
• React quickly. Don’t let your attacker get a strong hold on you making is impossible for you to defend yourself.
• Make as much noise as possible. Throw all your possessions to the ground allowing them to be scattered. No attacker wants evidence lying around.
• Kick, yell, and act wildly to escape from a potential abductor.
• Use survival techniques: stomp on the foot, kick to the knees, elbow to the abdomen and face.
• Use a weapon if possible. Turn everyday objects like a pencil, or anything rigid or sharp, as a weapon against your attacker.
• Run quickly to a safe place or populated area. Never continue to fight.

Janet Goliger is an experienced physical education teacher and author of “I Need to be SAFE: I’m Worth It! How to Protect Your Child from Danger.” She is a 2nd degree black belt in Okinawan Shido-kan Karate. Ms. Goliger created the C.L.A.S.S. Self-Defense program that teaches children how to effectively defend themselves in any threatening situation. She has been using her C.L.A.S.S. Program in her physical education curriculum since 1999. The program is credited with saving several children’s lives. More information can be found at http://www.classeduation.org.

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Send an email to Janet Goliger of C.L.A.S.S. - Children Learning Awareness, Safety & Self-Defense
818-990-9909



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