University advises ‘nodding’ at an assailant will prevent attack

Women who are about to be raped at or near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock should nod at their attackers as an alternative to using deadly force, according to that university’s safety expert. Huh?

Female-Carrying-ConcealedThe Arkansas legislature recently gave schools the authority to opt out of the state’s concealed carry laws and thereby ban guns on campus. Most schools have chosen to do so, including Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas, as reported by The College Fix. The ban extends to even professors and staff members, leaving some observers puzzled.

“We just don’t understand how someone trusted to teach in a university and has also gone through the additional rigor to obtain a concealed handgun carry license environment cannot be trusted with their self-defense,” said Mike Newbern, assistant director of public relations for Students for Conceal and Carry.

That still leaves open the question of self-protection while on or near campus, a question and concern raised in a thread of emails among UALR staff, one of whom had been recently assaulted by a group of teens while heading to class, according to The Daily Caller.

“I had not gone very far before I was attacked from behind by two of them and received a number of blows to the back of my head,” the UALR biology professor wrote.

UALR Department of Public Safety detective Sharon Houlette had a suggestion for dealing with this problem.

“A glance or a nod will help you show anyone who might think that you are not paying attention, and you are aware of their presence,” she wrote in a responding email. This was actually one of four tips Houlette offered, the others being according to The Arkansas Project:

1. “Always pay attention to your surroundings.”
2. Attend a complimentary “Crime Prevention presentation or workshop!”
3. Park on campus and use the trolley service to get to class so as to reduce the potential attack time.

Nic Horton of the Arkansas Project had a tip of his own: “If you must step foot on a college campus, choose one that respects your 2nd Amendment rights.”

I’m with Nic on this one.


This article has been updated to correct inaccurate information originally obtained from the Daily Caller. The inaccuracies have been corrected both here and on the Daily Caller website.


10 thoughts on “University advises ‘nodding’ at an assailant will prevent attack

  1. **** says:

    Also put up signs that say the campus is a rape-free zone. That should deter any rapist. Sheesh!

  2. adam says:

    i'm really sure a look and a nod are going to prevent a rape or attack…holy crap detective Sharon Houlette just figured out the way to prevent a crap ton of assaults and crimes. how many people have seen their attackers coming and still have gotten hurt.

  3. RonSr says:

    Safety expert who graduated from State Pen, that is probably the dumbest thing I ever heard.

  4. Bob says:

    I think what is meant is to "nod" as you are drawing your 9mm, 15 shot, Glock, and then "nod" again while the perp looks at all the holes in his chest. That's how I read this.

  5. Dane says:

    Whats with the nod thing I hope that is not a signal to say it is ok and I am ready for you to attact me. Where do these teachers get their license to teach from the University of supidity? No wonder this country is going to hell in a hen basket.

  6. Jerry S says:

    How do you nod at someone when you are "attacked from behind" by three assailants?

    This is just surrender, pure and simple.

    Prepare to be beaten to your death.

  7. Kenneth Clark says:

    They are supposed to teach this type of educational information to the masses. They want everyone to be Bobble Heads like Mr. O and his wife when they tell their lies and spew their rehtoric to us. While they spy on us, while the systematically remove our freedoms and liberties. While they attempt to mold us into the stooges they demand of us.

  8. bobh says:

    In other words, if we all walk around nodding like a bunch of bobblehead dolls we can expect an end to violent crime!

  9. Kdcarr says:

    I think this Sharon Houlette should go totally unarmed into a known high crime area and walk around unescorted for several hours late at night. She needs to do a test and see how that "nod" works for her. If it is sucessful and she is not raped, molested, attacked, mugged or robbed then perhaps she might have a point HOWEVER She personally needs to put her theory to the test before recommending it to others. Somehow for some reason I don't think she will be willing to put her strut where her mouth is.

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