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Woman thwarts rape with triangle choke, wins cash reward for jiu-jitsu justice

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Score another one for the good guys! Er, gals in this case.

A woman who was attacked while walking home late one evening prevented her own rape by using a triangle choke to thwart her assailant. In addition to her victory in the streets of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, the unnamed defender was also awarded £500 pounds by the courts.

Her first-hand account direct from The Telegraph (via Bloody Elbow):

"I could feel him grabbing between my legs and pulling at my clothes. My legs were still free so I lifted my left leg up onto his shoulder and around the back of his neck. I crossed my right leg over and squeezed together as hard as I could. He seemed to struggle for air -- which was the point! His head was locked down. He lifted his right hand and literally pounded as hard as he could on the side of my face. I closed my eyes and held it for as long as I could hoping he would pass out in a few seconds. Then I felt his body go limp. I thought he had lost consciousness or run out of air. I flipped him off, rolled over and crawled through the bushes to the door of the house. I could hear footsteps as he ran away and then a car starting."

Mark Willis, 39, was apprehended shortly thereafter and convicted of sexual assault, though he insists he was only beating her up and not trying to rape her. As expected, the jury wasn't hearing it, perhaps swayed by a similar attack from Willis back in 2011.

Gas stationscredit unions, dimly-lit streets ... the bad guys are running out of places to work.

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