An Amarillo, Texas woman who was attacked on June 30 is crediting her car keys with saving her life.
Jessica Collins, a 27-year-old mother of six, was assaulted at her apartment complex at about 2 a.m., reports KPRC in Houston.
When Collins went out to her car to retrieve her phone charger, she remembered to carry her keys between her knuckles for safety. Her mother taught her this "key knuckles" tactic when she was a child; her mother learned it from a self-defense documentary on television
As Collins explained, after she grabbed her phone charger and closed her car door, a man approached her and punched her in the nose.
She quickly reacted by punching him in the neck with her key knuckles, prompting the attacker to run away, grasping his punctured neck. "I was filled with fear, but my first thought was punch him so I can run to my apartment," she explained.
Once safely inside her apartment, she took pictures of her face and car keys, then reported the assault to the police, who were able to collect the attacker's DNA from the bloody keys.
In an attempt to raise self-defense awareness for other women, Collins posted pictures of her bloody face and keys on Facebook, which has since received over 7,000 likes.
The caption to her post reads as follows:
Thank you all for sharing and please continue to do so. I am just trying to raise awareness so many women and girls these days don't pay attention or think untill it's too late. So I'm not only trying to inform people but maybe even save lives. Feel free to share share share .Ladies if ur going somewhere alone always always carry your keys with one between two knuckles .. it's so important to remember your safety. Especially when everything happens so fast…. Please be careful out there. He's is still out there somewhere and I know there are probably others like this. Feel free to share to save a life.
Although the key knuckles approach worked for Collins, the Model Mugging organization, which offers self-defense training at 16 locations in the United States and Europe, recommends the "key knife" approach instead.
"To apply the key knife self-defense tactic, simply hold keys in your palm with the primary key between your index finger and thumb," it is explained. It is a natural position, because "most people use this position everyday when unlocking their vehicle door, or the lock to their residence and workplace."
While being in ready position to unlock a car or house door to escape a threatening situation, "the keys transform immediately and naturally into an improvised personal weapon that offers an effective means to strike into the eyes, throat, or ear canal, jugular notch, and testicles."