KAREN BARTUCH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND FOUNDER
Provocateur, risk-taker, competitive and outspoken are just a few of the words that describe me. Although I always thought of those as burdensome and negative, I have realized that those are all positive and have made me, me! All my life I have challenged the status quo and engaged in activities reserved for the boys. It wasn’t until I delved into the world of firearms, fitness and combatives that I realized my full potential and that having those skills allowed me to hold more cards, especially since people often judge and underestimate me – I weigh a buck thirty-five but looks can be deceiving.
Before I became the police, there were many times that I felt afraid or unprepared to handle certain situations. I recall being in a Target store one night and having to ask the security guard to walk me to my car because some creepy guy was following me. Or taking the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) home from high school and having perverts masturbate on the train right out in the open! The first time it happened I sped home as fast as possible, crying and super upset. My older brother (who is now a cop) immediately armed me both mentally and physically and the next time something like that happened - I was ready - and the bad guy ended up afraid of me!
These examples are on the far end of the spectrum, and I wouldn’t encourage anyone to act like I did, but I do want women to have the self-protection mental mindset and physical readiness for incidents that can happen at the grocery store, in a big city or anywhere. Having these skills will empower you in all aspects of your life – join the AlphaGirl Army today!