I am re-reading "Strong On Defense" by Sanford Strong and thought these 4 rules were crucial to surviving a violent attack. I am passing them on as a public service and recommend this book to everyone.
"It's your decision: accept victimization and whatever follows it as beyond your ability to stop, or demand of yourself escape and survival. Whichever, it's a mind-set you alone set, you alone prepare yourself with. The drive to survive must come from you.
The key elements that most benefit a violent criminal are time isolation and control.
The Four Rules work directly against all three.
The Four Rules are:
1) React Immediately-your best chance to escape violence and minimize injury is in the first seconds.
2) Resist-your only alternative is to submit; both choices are lousy, but resisting gives you the best chance.
3) Crime scene #2-always more isolated than the initial point of contact and always worse for you.
4) Never, never give up-your attitude can keep you alive when you're badly injured.
Real courage and extraordinary action don't always come from highly trained, well-armed and physically conditioned professionals. More often, they come from ordinary people faced with extraordinary situationss who face the fact that it's up to me to get myself out of this."
I am not affiliated with Mr. Strong, but agree with most of what he wrote in this book. I don't believe in trusting the bad guy will not hurt you is you cooperate, but resisting violently. After all, I named my system of self defense STRIKEBACK not SUBMIT.