I was a pacifist until one night...
... a friend phoned and tearfully told me she had been followed
home, attacked and viciously raped by a predator. As I drove her
to a hospital I learned that she'd had several opportunities during
the ordeal to defend herself - if only she'd had something to defend
herself with. But she didn't - no self-defense spray, no mini-baton,
Her condition was so horrendous that right then and there, I made
up my mind --- this was NOT EVER going to happen to me. What followed
for me was a journey of discovery, training (at dozens of the top
self-defense and lethal weapons programs), enlightenment and sharing
that fulfilled my own needs for security. I also saw that I had
to become a national advocate of the concept that WOMEN CAN AND
MUST TAKE ACTION TO BETTER THEIR LIVES.
I've taken my message of women's empowerment to more than 300 TV
and radio shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America,
Oprah Winfrey, Jenny Jones, Larry King, Maury Povich, Regis and
Kathy Lee, Hard Copy, The NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, 60 Minutes,
and the G.Gordon Liddy, Ken Hamblin and Steve Mason radio shows.
I was interviewed and profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles
Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, New York Times, Washington
Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Investors Business Daily, and
featured in Glamour, Elle, Mirabella, Savvy and L.A. Style.
I've taught security tactics (with and without guns) to thousands
of women and couples in my seminars WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT IN THE 90's,
and to millions more in my bestselling books ARMED & FEMALE
and NOT AN EASY TARGET.
I'm originally from Chicago where I've earned a Bachelors in Speech
and a Masters in Anthropology. For five years prior to my work in
women's security I was an executive for Playboy Enterprises, reporting
to Christie Hefner, C.E.O. I'm on the Board of Governors of Impact/Model
Mugging of Los Angeles, and have taken first place in the Charlton
Heston Celebrity Shoot, Women's Division, two years running.
Organizations who have relied on my expertise include Westec Security,
Beverly Hills Country Club, Beverly Hills Real Estate Board, Los
Angeles Women in Business, Prudential Realty, Cedars Sinai Hospital,
and City of Hope. I was Yoko Ono's bodyguard, security consultant
to many high-profile individuals, and have taught self-defense and
shooting to a stellar list of Hollywood actresses who understandably
--- so as not to tip their hand to nuts and stalkers --- do not
want to be named.
If you're a woman, I want to encourage and inspire you to step
out of character, abandon age-old bonds of male dependence, and
break free from the powerlessness, fear and depression that has
plagued our gender for so long.
If you're a woman reading this, chances are the men in your life
have already tried to make you more pro-active in personal safety
--- because they love you and care about you. They may feel an old-fashioned
responsibility to protect you wherever you go - but of course, that's
no longer appropriate nor practical.
Please take charge. Get informed. Get prepared. Get empowered.