I'm currently reading several book on women's self defense. While all of them stressed the importance of initial alertness and avoiding bad situations (ex: pumping gas alone at night, jogging at night with headphones, etc), there are some discrepancies as to how women should react when assaulted. Some experts claim that women should fight with all their might to fend off the would-be attacker by hitting, scratching, gouging, and biting. On the other hand, there is one author who says that doing so may incite the attacker to do more harm. He may have originally wanted to rape his victim, but now may be more likely to kill her. This female author has a 20-year career in the FBI, so I assume she has the statistics to back up what she says. I suppose both views have valid points. But how would one be able to fully distinguish the two possible scenarios? Whether the assailant's goal was to complete the rape and leave? Or if death was the ultimate goal? Would the aggressiveness of the attacker determine what he hoped to accomplish from the attack?