Van Canna wrote:
Why would she make it up Bill? Strange woman for sure...maybe she was looking for attention and a date.
I know a lot about the field of mental health, having restructured the DxCG medical classification system. Mental health is one of the fastest growing branches of medicine, with new classifications and treatments popping up yearly. That said... I'm not a psychologist or a psychiatrist. So some of the nuances will escape me.
One personal anecdote in particular involves me intervening with such a person. It actually was an emergency intervention effort, and I had both the police and the UVa Student Health program involved in identifying and essentially committing such a woman. She's now over it all, in great shape, and is the mom of several kids. Life is good.
Usually in cases like this, there's childhood abuse involved. How that manifests itself (as some kind of PTSD) varies from woman to woman. A lot of adult women quietly bear the burden, and move on. (It's worth noting that many men were also the victims of statutory rape by adult men and/or women, but we rarely hear about it.) Some however "snap" under pressure. Think about it... it's just before first semester final exams. If ever the water was going to boil, well now is the time. Intervention involves dealing with the past psychological trauma, and finding ways to move on. One must separate the memory of a traumatic event from the emotional response to it.
From my personal experience (since a lot of people confide in me), I'd say that about 50 percent of adult women who get into martial arts were sexually abused as children. Martial arts is one way of dealing with it all. It's about feeling a sense of control with one's life, and a good class can provide that for a woman. Serendipitously some of them end up being great karateka.
Van Canna wrote:
Follow up on pepper spray with a kick in the balls, good...but careful of 'cross contamination' with the spray.
True that. This is one reason why the military has *all* personnel who use these devices expose themselves to it before handling. One needs to get over it.
Personally I'd skip the spray and go straight for the groin kick. It involves less manual dexterity, and groin kicks disable much better.