Misinformation is the ultimate villain of personal preparedness. Unfortunately, there are several self-defense myths and misconceptions often taken as fact that could ruin your freedom, finances, and future if you fall for them. Let’s uncover the truth behind some of these common self-defense myths so you can be prepared for any life-threatening situation.
What Is Self-Defense?
First, you should understand what self-defense is. The law defines self-defense as the use of physical force to protect yourself or others from a threat. It’s important to remember that while self-defense is a basic human right, there are still laws surrounding it.
If you want a detailed breakdown on the art of self-defense, including topics like:
- Is self-defense legal?
- Can you go to jail for self-defense?
- Are self-defense keychains legal?
- Is wasp spray better than pepper spray?
And more… check out our helpful guide: Self-Defense Frequently Asked Questions
Otherwise, keep reading to see why these popular self-defense myths could end up ruining your life.
Can A Man Hit A Woman in Self-Defense?
Yes. Self-defense is a right granted to everyone, regardless of gender. Although, there are certain factors taken into consideration in every self-defense claim that can affect the outcome. Mainly, the disparity of force present and if they could have avoided the situation. So, the self-defense myth that a man can never hit a woman does have some truth behind it… but if a man’s life is truly being threatened by a woman and no other safe options are present, he can act in self-defense!
You can hear more on this from our Independent Program Attorneys: The Truth About Self-Defense
Always Run Away
The self-defense myth that you should always run away from an attacker is a dangerous one. While there are times when running away is the better option, it can have fatal consequences if you aren’t 100% aware of the circumstances. In fact, there are stories about people who were shot in the back by their attacker as they tried to run away. Typically, criminals attack strangers to rob them. But no material possession is ever worth your life. You should always be aware of the situation and always be prepared for the worst, of course.
Martial Arts Is Bad Self-Defense
There are two sides to this self-defense myth. Whether you agree with the claim or believe the opposite, neither are entirely true. There is no guarantee that your self-defense will be successful simply because you’re a skilled martial artist. Despite what many people think, self-defense is more than just a learned set of moves. But on the other hand, martial arts can be an excellent form of physical and mental training. And being in good shape doesn’t hurt your ability to defend yourself. Plus, knowing how to strike your attacker in some way is better than not knowing at all.
Learn more about martial arts self-defense and non-gun safety: When Your Gun Isn’t Enough
Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage
Many people assume their homeowner’s insurance will cover them if they hurt or injure someone on their property in self-defense. While personal liability coverage generally covers accidental injuries to someone else, companies usually include an “intentional injury provision” that basically excludes acts of self-defense. Plus, they typically won’t cover criminal charges or investigations—which is likely to happen if you shoot someone to save your life.
You might find a “reasonable force” exception, but it’s usually vague and typically covers only civil liability and only after everything is decided in court. Meaning, all upfront legal costs are left up to you. This is a huge reason we recommend getting Legal Defense for Self Defense® insurance!*