1. A harasser approaches a woman from the front as shown in Picture 1, leaving very little or no personal space.
There are two ways of getting out of this tight situation. One is the silent approach without drawing attention from nearby people, and the other is to aggressively stand against the opponent causing commotion.
Here is how to actively fend off harassers on public transport.
2. Take a step away from the opponent. Bend both arms to bring both hands toward your chest and block the opponent from approaching further using your arms and elbows as shown in Picture 2.
3. If the opponent continues to attempt contact with you, bend and raise your back leg to hit the opponent between the legs or stomach as shown in Picture 3.
This self-defense technique will inflict physical pain and is recommended for use only when necessary to protect yourself.
By Seo Gyo-sun (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Seo Gyo-sun, an internationally certified Taekwondo Grand Master, judge and coach, holds a B.A. in taekwondo from Kyung Hee University. ― Ed.