Mods, Please forgive me that I am not putting this under "Women's Self-Defense", as I feel that it would not get the attention this question warrants. We all have mothers, sisters, wives, and girlfriends that we want to keep safe - and this post is for us this time, rather than for them... Hi everyone. I'd like to get your thoughts on a subject I have been thinking on a great deal lately. And that is: Most women who will be sexually assaulted will personally know the one who does it (meaning, the random-attacker kind of rape we see in movies is much the exception to the statistical norm). This person might be a friend, a date, spouse, a boyfriend, etc. Given this common 'rule', it colors what my expectations would be and what I believe a woman should be trained for. The expectation which immediately surfaces is that the aggressor (again, think "over eager boyfriend", coworker, casual friend, etc) would either not have a weapon or would not use a weapon to coax compliance out of the victim. And would be within the space of a one to two feet - such as on a sofa or in a car, etc. That is my GENERAL expectation and the prescription, for this scenario, that I have come to is that an adequate grasp of grappling fundamentals could be enough to dissuade said assault. My questions to you all are these: 1. Does my assumption about the kind of scenario hold water? 2. What styles (or advice) would you suggest for the described expectation? I realize, of course, that violence is dynamic; and violence towards women, especially with an 'intimate attacker', is a process which begins long before the assault takes place. And my suggestion completely ignores certain factors, such as a sociopath who happens to also be a friend/boyfriend/etc and who who very well may be armed. However, as these are not the commonest occurrences I deliberately left them out and ask that in this discussion, we all do the same. Thanks for reading and for your input.