FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Almost every 90 seconds a sexual assault takes place in America. That's almost 300,000 victims every year. Do you know what to do if someone attacked you?
"A lot of people feel like, 'oh I come from a good family, nothing ever bad is going to happen to me,'" said Caroline Portugal.
But it did to Portugal. It happened years ago but for her, it's like it was yesterday. "This 200 pound, six-foot-two guy came from behind me and tried to put a bag of poison over my mouth and nose, and I turned around and did a very quick palm smash."
Now she's on a mission making sure women are armed with moves and the mindset to stay safe. She founded Hot Ninja Defenders. "If I didn't know that one palm smash technique I wouldn't be here today."
Avoid being glued to the phone, lock doors right after getting in your car or home, and be hyper alert in confined spaces like elevators. And if a weapon is part of a confrontation: arms out, hands in a 'V,' twist around and use the weapon on the attacker. Portugal insists practice is essential. "Definitely, someone my size up, okay, up against somebody who is bigger and stronger is able to get out, why not practice that technique that could possibly save your life?"
Words to pay attention to from someone who knows.
Besides the obvious, self-defense also helps improve coordination, speed, reaction time, and balance.