Originally posted by smyleegrl
reply to post by IvanAstikov
I understand your point, but if I was attacked and got the upper hand, I would want to make sure my attacker was staying down. Why? Fear that he would get up and come after me again.
I'm not advocating killing the person or beating them to a pulp. There would come a point, I think, when it would be obvious if I had done enough damage to get away.
I just wonder...could she have been thinking the same thing?
Exactly. Excellent point. If it were a serious attack-- in other words, if I believed that my attacker meant to seriously injure, rape, render unconscious, or kill me, I would not stop my self-defense until the attacker was either unconscious, or running, or at the least not moving at all.
I think that's perfectly reasonable.
If a guy is trying to club me on the head or stick a knife in me, and I knock him on the ground, I would not consider it excessive at all to stomp him another few times-- providing he was still attempting to attack or get up. Maybe his getting up signaled an intent to flee, as opposed to continued attack, but when in that situation you don't necessarily have the luxury to make that assumption and turn out to be wrong. I'm sorry-- but the safe and expedient fleeing of my attacker, while better than a continued attack, is not my concern. Attempts to stand up, or do just about anything but lie prone and / or put hands up "defensively" will be considered as attempted continuation of the attack, and will be dealt with accordingly.
Don't like it? Don't go around attacking people and you have nothing to worry about.