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ANTI ABDUCTION

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PARENTS/ADULTS

We have created a simple and effective course for Adults and Kids to stay aware, to stay safe and prevent an abduction. We also have resources listed below and steps to follow if you find you or a loved one has fallen victim. We have separated the course into 2 parts: 1. For the parents and adults to cover the more mature content & 2. For the kids AND their parents/guardians so the younger ones can work together with someone they trust and are comfortable with. Know that most attackers will not be hurt by simple kicks or punches from children, so we train the students in this course to give them the right techniques on the proper targets in a safe atmosphere.

Trafficking signs

  • Poor living and working conditions

  • Limited communication and social interaction

  • Emotional and physical control

  • Restricted freedom of movement

  • Sexual exploitation (children: a sexual knowledge beyond what a child of that age should know. Eg. a 9 year old understanding what a blow job is or acting in a sexual provocative nature at highly inappropriate times)

  • Online sexual exploitation: Grooming, age difference, gifting, isolation, control, unhealthy changes. They will play to fantasy about actually caring for their victims.

  • Victims may have their communication restricted or controlled

  • Victims may have inconsistencies in their story

  • Victims may have branding, scars, clothing, jewelry, or tattoos indicating someone else's ownership

thinking like a criminal

When planning any outing, online meeting or vacation sometimes the least you can do is think like a criminal (in reverse). Who would you target?:

  • Who's watching your house while you're away? Picking up your mail? Have you made an inventory of your valuables?

  • New or unfamiliar location? Check your exits

  • Have you noted what your children are wearing today? Do you know where they are and where they plan to be going and times?

  • Have you locked your car (parked or driving)? 

  • Can you be easily pick pocketed? What are you doing to protect your wallet/ purse? Do you know phone numbers to cancel credit cards?

  • Are you/ your children being safe on social media? (telling plans, names, ages, sharing pics and other personal info is a huge NO NO)

  • Are you paying attention? - get your head out of your phone

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abduction hot spots

​Just a few examples

  • Bus stops

  • Train/ Subway station (fake Taxi or Uber)

  • In the street (walking alone?)

  • School or walking home from (create a password)

  • Social Media and chats (start the grooming process)

  • Malls/ Parking Lot (stay aware)

  • Public Bathrooms

  • ATM machine (use mirrors or have someone watch your back)

  • Parks (I only looked away for a second)

  • Sporting games or concerts (buddy system)

  • While shopping (child lost or you threaten abandonment for being slow/ tantrum)

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Over 75% of parents share their childrens’ data on social media

  • 8 out of 10 parents have followers they’ve never met

  • Pics and videos can be taken and used by everybody

  • Data can be manipulated to steal identities and used in scams against you and shared to traffickers anywhere on the planet

  • What you share online is like a digital footprint that can follow you or your children for the rest of your lives.

  • Delete TikTok and Snapchat

What can you do? The root of AI

The danger is exacerbated by the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI). Using facial recognition, AI algorithms can automatically identify and collect images of children. This can be used to create profiles of the children, which can be used for advertising purposes or even to create pornographic content.

In addition, AI systems are able to recognize and evaluate children's characteristics and preferences based on images and texts. Deepfakes, manipulative content generated by means of AI, represent a further risk.
It is important that parents are aware of the risks and act responsibly. Those who take the following tips to heart will do a lot for the safety and privacy of their children.

  • Take photos consciously - When taking pictures, make sure that the children are not directly recognizable. 

  • Conceal faces - If necessary, use smileys, blur and mosaic effects to make faces unrecognizable.

  • Share wisely - Think carefully about what information and images you share, and especially with whom. Pictures of scantily clad or even naked children, no matter how funny they may be, do not belong on the Internet under any circumstances. 

  • Use security settings - Social media platforms allow various privacy settings. Make sure that only trusted people have access to the shared content.

  • Involve children - Provided your children are older, talk to them about the risks of the Internet and explain why and which pictures of them and their siblings or friends are being shared. Clarify with them whether they agree to this. Children also have a right to privacy. 

  • Ask other parents - Never post unsolicited photos online that show other children - class or group photos, for example. You must get permission from parents to post them.

DAY 1

being aware

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First things first, are you aware of your surroundings? Actually? Or are you giving too much trust to your surroundings, head buried in your phone, blissfully unaware. Don't be an easy target, and don't let your guard down in an unfamiliar place. Pay attention, know your exits and check your surroundings for things that don't seem normal (ie: is someone staring at you for an unusual amount of time?). Trust your gut.

If you get blindsided, attacked with chloroform or approached by multiple attackers, your odds of escaping drastically decrease. 

Being aware of anyone else that may be in trouble is also important. The picture below shows the international hand sign for someone in trouble or being abused. Learn it, know it, teach it, recognize it.

surveillance detection/ awareness

Criminally involved persons are “Heaty” by nature. Heat is a term referred to people that are aware that they are possibly being observed or watched. It can often lead to paranoia and offenders will, when they feel the “heat”, behave erratically. Read some tips below to be more aware of your surroundings:

  1. Head buried in phone out in public (NEVER)

  2. Shopping: look around once in a while, not just at what you may be buying

  3. At the park: watch your kids play nothing else, look around for creepers

  4. At a game or concert: buddy system for bathroom and food runs

  5. At your house: lock doors, keep an eye on kids playing outside (fenced or not), split seconds matter

  6. Halloween: know your kids' route or go with them or have a trusted teen or adult go with them. Check treats before consumption

  7. If you are very paranoid you can purchase "bug" detection tools for hotel rooms

home invasion & the law (canada)

  • You are permitted to defend yourself if threatened or attacked

  • You may restrain your attacker without causing harm

  • You are NOT permitted to kill them at will, that's still illegal

scenarios

  • Social experiment - sitting beside an unknown child and stranger approaches trying to lure them away

  • Setting boundaries to establish intent - Being approached/ engaged in an uncomfortable situation

  • Witnessing physical and/or mental abuse (slapping, hitting, yelling, etc.)

  • Bullying or attack intervention - helping others with self defense and restraining

taking notes

  • Vehicle description - License plate, color/shade, make, model, year, features

  • Assailant description - Gender, hair color/ cut, height, weight, skin tone, facial features, breath, teeth, language/accent, tattoos, jewelry, clothing, how many assailants you saw

  • Victim description (for others) - same as above

  • Behaviors, timeline of events, what steps have you taken, who you have talked to

  • Is there footage from a security or doorbell camera?

  • Were there other bystanders that can collaborate?

Phone calls

  • When someone is listening in when you're calling for help - pretend to order a pizza or that you're having a "normal" conversation. Police are trained to recognize the peculiar nature and will talk you through the phone call and what to do and say.

  • 911 calls are "tracked" - from land lines, police will go to the address. From cell phones the call is geo-located and the more cell towers around, the more precise they can track the call

  • Crime Stoppers or Kids Help Phone are great resources and alert police anonymously if required.

defense concepts – STANDING

  1. Distance Management - if you can manage the distance you will manage the damage (keep boundaries)

  2. Palm/ Hammer/ Knee Strikes – straight to the chin or swinging to the ear

  3. Clinch – keep them close to minimize their power

  4. Leverage for Escapes and Off balancing - Using proper body mechanics for efficiency

  5. Take Downs – take ‘em down and get on top for control

defense concepts – GROUND

  1. Be on top - If you're on the bottom, get to the top, don't stop moving until you're in control

  2. Get your legs in the game - they are 4 times more powerful and a huge asset

  3. Protect your neck and head

  4. Leverage for Escapes and Off balancing - Using proper body mechanics for efficiency

  5. Top pressure

defense - striking

  1. Distance Management - if you can manage the distance you will manage the damage

  2. Palm/ Hammer/ Elbow/ Knee Strikes – application

  3. Clinch – using with elbows and knees

  4. Leverage for Escapes and Off balancing - Take downs, trips and throws

  5. Ground control - for control and striking

defense - ground

  1. Standing in Base

  2. Mount Escapes/ Control - multiple variations

  3. Guard Control - variations for different attack pressure

  4. Positional Escapes - Variations on position and principles

  5. Ground Offense - attacking from bottom and top

DAY 2

defeating restraints

  • Zip ties

  • Duct tape

  • Rope

  • Hand cuffs

  • Blindfold and mouth gag

improvising weapons

Almost anything can be used as a weapon either for stabbing, slashing, clubbing, choking or swinging.​ Take a look around your car and home:

  • Pen/ Pencil

  • Keys

  • Ice Scraper/ snow brush

  • Seat belt (inside vehicle)

  • Any clothing of decent length (yours or theirs), towel, or scarf

  • Heavy purse, bag or backpack

  • Bear or Wasp spray

  • Kitchen knives/ Scissors/ Fork/ Rolling pin

  • Frying pan/ Pots

  • Toothbrush

defense - WEAPONS

  • Long range - hockey stick, broom/ mop, pool cue

  • Short range - bat, tire iron, knife

  • Bladed - protect, defend, control, destroy -  anatomy basics

  • Blunt - still dangerous

  • Any clothing of decent length (yours or theirs), towel, or scarf

carjacking/ vehicle abduction

  • Keep doors locked, especially at red lights and when parked.

  • If your safety is threatened to get out, do so.

  • If vehicle is hijacked, make your escape as safely as possible and as quickly as possible (even if vehicle is moving)

  • If you are being carried to a vehicle, attach to their legs to prevent their mobility.

  • DO NOT get into the vehicle

fear tactics

  • Screaming

  • Weapons

  • Hostage

  • Extortion

  • Multiple attackers

  • Element of surprise

DAY 3

common tricks

Strager Danger vs. Tricky people

  • It's always a good idea to talk to your children about strangers (no: candy, rides, answering the door, social media catfishing, etc.)

  • 92% of trafficking victims in Canada KNOW their trafficker so it's not always "strangers" that are causing problems

  • Common tricks include: keeping secrets, offering candy, money or rewards (fun trip or day at the pool), threats of getting in trouble or not being able to "hang out", guilt trips, etc.

  • Scenario: lured with a puppy

FOR PARENTS/ADULTS & kids

  • What to scream: Help! Stay Away! Stranger! Fire! - will all get surrounding people to pay attention. It doesn't really matter as long as you are LOUD and visible for as long as your can be. Don’t just scream like a child having a tantrum.

  • Where to strike: Eye pokes, ear claps, throat strikes, groin kicks - like your life depends on it

  • Where to run: anywhere that gets you safe - store employees, locked car, inside locked house, back into school, security or police or trusted adult.

  • What to tell them: description of assailant, description of vehicle, what happened

  • Scenario offering a ride in the rain

pick ups and how to attach YOURSELF

  • Size matters - most of the time when a small childs attacks, it won't hurt an adult

  • Attach to anything immoveable or super heavy that you can wrap arms and legs around

  • If already being carried, attach to the attacker to impede their mobility (legs) and not be thrown into a vehicle

  • If carried around the waist facing (elbows, knees, eyes, ears, throat, groin) over/under arms

  • If carried around the waist back to front (elbows, attaching, kicking) over/under arms

  • If carried by Torso & Legs horizontally

  • “Fireman” carry - over shoulder - chokes & base of skull strikes with elbows

  • Scenarios: practice all carries and attaching

  • DO NOT get into the vehicle!

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS

  • Trust your judgment. If a situation/individual makes you uncomfortable, trust that feeling. We can't stress this enough

  • Let a trusted friend or relative know if you feel like you are in danger or if a person or situation is suspicious.  

  • If possible, set up safety words with a trusted friend/relative.

  • One word can mean that it is safe to talk and you are alone.

  • A separate word or phrase can mean you are not safe.

  • It is also important to communicate what you would like done (cease communication immediately, call 9-1-1, meet somewhere to pick you up, etc.).

  • Keep all important documents and identification in your possession at all times. Your partner/employer does not have the right to take or hold your documents without your permission.  

  • Keep important numbers on your person at all times, including the number of someone you feel safe contacting if you are in trouble.  

  • Make sure that you have a means of communication (cell phone or phone card), access to your bank account, and any medication that you might need with you at all times. Apple Tags or Apple Watch, Find my Phone app, Airpods, etc. Any app that can track a device.

RESOURCES

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. You do not have to wait to report a missing person

Yorkton RCMP - 306.786.2400 

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline – 1-833-900-1010

Shelwin House Yorkton – 306.783.7233 or 1.888.783.3111 email: kimshelwinhouse@sasktel.net

https://www.freedomunited.org/

About Human Trafficking (publicsafety.gc.ca)

https://ally.org/ -

http://www.kidshelpphone.ca Kids Help Phone – 1.800.668.6868 – a free, anonymous and confidential phone and on-line professional counseling service for youth. Big or small concerns. 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Crime Stoppers Sask - 1-800-222-8477

telekom.com/share-with-care – AI and social media safety

https://humantraffickinghotline.org/  - USA

USA Human Trafficking Hotline – 1-888-373-7888

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

There is no possible way to cover all scenarios. We try to cover the most dangerous physical ones to keep you safe. Ask us some questions and we’ll give you our best answers. If you happen to ask a question that we don’t have an answer for, we will find the answer and get it to you as soon as possible. Know that there is always an escape or way out, and your power is learning it and knowing how.

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Congratulations on starting your Anti Abduction journey! Sometimes just that first step is the hardest. As a Thank You, YMATC would like to offer all new comers a FREE TRIAL WEEK in any of our programs as well as a 15% discount on our Beginner Packages. We also have a Family Discount of 25% for 2 or more members of the same household training in any of our programs. Feel free to surf around our website to find more info.

Give us your email and we’ll keep you informed of future FREE Anti Abduction sessions. Spread the word about what you learned today and bring your friends with you to our next FREE session and FREE trial classes!

Need help getting into class? Fill out our Martial Arts Grant Application:

Mr. Forster – call or txt 306-621-1555; ymatc@hotmail.com; www.ymatc.com

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