On April 7, 2006, I was kidnapped. Through a series of divine interventions, selfless acts of strangers, and the sheer will to live, I survived that day.
Why Own Your Moment
On April 7, 2006, I was kidnapped from my law office by a former client who I did not know was six days out of prison. I was held at knife point on an abandoned farm fighting off being raped and murdered. Through a series of divine interventions and the selfless acts of strangers, I survived.
I now recognize my instincts repeatedly warned me that I was in danger. At the time I suppressed them: I did not recognize the red flags warning me that something was very wrong and I needed to take action.
As a result I have launched a purpose-driven movement “Own Your Moment” to empower others by addressing: personal safety; reacting to threats; and being a “victim” in system designed to protect the rights of the criminal.
This site has been created to help you learn how to avoid a threatening situation if possible or step in to one with more confidence and awareness when one cannot be avoided. There are no guarantees for our safety; however, the resources on this site may help you become a “hard target” with the ability to quickly identify a threat/predator. You may develop a self-protection not a self-defense mindset. You may increase your situational awareness and create specific boundaries in advance of a threating situation by learning to “draw the line.” You may learn tactics in prevention, de-escalation, and survival of a threating situation as well as ways to care for victims both in and out of the courtroom.
Check out the following topics on the site:
-Quickly identifying a threat
-Mindset, Awareness and Tactics
-Empowering you as a victim in the Criminal Justice System
Please share your stories or comments. Join in the movement to live a life free from fear. Have confidence that you are better prepared to survive if violence collides with your world. Click Contact Sharon below to share with us your email address and receive periodic updates on the Own Your Moment movement.
“Christians are often soft targets. We are taught how to give, serve, and go the extra mile for others. However, we are sheep. We don’t think like wolves and when they approach us in sheep’s clothing we often don’t recognize them until it is too late. Matthew 10:16 says, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.” I think we must be proactive in learning to be wise, and living without fear while we serve and love others. We must purposefully and proactively prepare ourselves for the reality of living among wolves.” Sharon Muse
TAKEN IN 62 SECONDS:
One of the primary purposes of this site is to share what happened to me in a way that will allow others to learn from it. In the 62 seconds that it took him to get me under his control and in a vulnerable and dangerous situation I made a series of choices that made his goal to kill me easier. With 20/20 hindsight I now clearly see many opportunities that I did not know about where I could have presented myself as a hard target. I did not do so because I did not know how. Once you spend some time on this site this hope is that you will be a hard target and better prepared if someone tries to bring violence to you. If you have been victimized my daily prayer is that you will feel stronger, safer, and more confident as a result of the time you spend here.