But it has limits. When my wife took IMPACT training (which I recommend highly), a form of combatives training that uses full-contact against aggressors wearing full-body padding, I was talking to one of the trainers about it, and when she realized that I had some martial arts background and supported what they were doing, she asked if I would consider being a ‘mugger.’
The muggers act out realistic scenarios of assault, mugging, and rape, and in that stressful environment, the women are taught some basic and effective techniques to take the fight to the attacker.
I think it’s a great program. I’ve encouraged every women I’ve ever had a serious relationship with to go through it.
And when asked if I’d help out, I realized that I couldn’t act out those scenarios to save my life.
And today, I read of a father who has been charged with murdering his eight year old daughter and her nine year old friend.
I can’t imagine it. I can’t picture it. I know it’s real; I have enough cop friends to have heard the litany of misery and horror dished out by some adults to their children.
I don’t know what these adults – these creatures – are. I’m going to go hug my eight-year old and put him to bed now.