The most intelligent tip is avoid confrontation. But if you don't have any chance of flee, its better to completely neutralize target to risk that he comes after you. (I completely discard "do nothing" as an option for this, because the consequences are uncomprehensive for any man)
A friend's sister had this trouble, she hit the agressor and run instead hit him again to neutralize the threat while he was defenseless, and almost got killed by him. Fortunately, she lived about 40 meters far away, and the history ended without any scratch for her. She thought after that that was a question of luck.
It's my opinion and some experts one, so if you dislike, please delete both posts and will never write in the comments again. Your comic, your rules.
But consider that if you use a theme like this even for funny, may you have encounter different oppinions about it.
I have been doing selfdefense martial arts for 15 years. And the worst thing you can ever ever do, is stay.
NEVER STAY. ok? and NEVER tell a woman to stay. You are NOT a policeman, nor a superhero nor any kind of justice warrior, you DONT have to neutralize ANYBODY. You have to flee. DONT call the police yet. Run to any crowded place, or get near any other person, DONT go into any unknown private place like a house or a laundry shop. And once you are with people, then you may call the police.
For this, the first hit is the most important, as you use the surprise, it has to be fast and critical. if, as you say, the woman gets a shot like the one sha`shiva got, thats when she has the chance to run.
When you get hit that hard, the "target" falls down and gets into fetal crouch, where you protect almost all your critical point. In that pose, is almost impossible to knock somebody out. Much more likely, he will get up in about 15 seconds, and this time, he will be MUCH angrier, and you wont have the surprise element.
And this is not only for "about to be raped woman".
All the martial arts you may know are only means to give you ten or twenty seconds of running after the first blow.
As an example, some years ago, somebody tried to steal Coral Bistuer, Female taewkondo spanish champion during 10 years, with a knife. She gave everything to the thief, and then, hit him. Surprise element.
That's my opinion and experience, like I said. I had done martial arts as well during 11 years, and I've been hit even in the ground on fetal position two times before giving up a combat. Of course the other was discalified :P
Believe me, always there is a weak point that will knock out you. Hit on face, crush an ankle jumping over it... Its self-defense, and its for your life. Not heroic or justice. And of course, forget all fair-play with this kind of people.
Of course, depends of the context. If you are about 40 meters of a safe place, my theory is sensless. But in the case that I gave before, this girl had no place to hide or request help if we except her home.
Anyway, I don't want to angry you or discuss endlessly if our opinion and mine are different. So if you want, erase this discussion posts and thats all ^^
Speed and weakness
Have you ever tried to run away from someone faster and stronger than you? 15 secs... 20 secs... no matter... if he wants your blood, he will take it. Run if you can, for he is stronger, but forget running, if there is nowhere to hide... mostly even people can not or would not defend you. My experiences. My stepfather attacked me... again. I backed, darted away. He was taller, stronger. I got away like eighty meters, when he brought me down with his knees. The constable's car passed us by, while he was grabbing my neck.
Consequently: no one is going to help you, no one is going to protect you. No use to run away. Why? Because aggressive attackers attack those, whom are weaker than themselves, so they will run you down. Most likely. If you can kill your attacker, don't hesitate. If you can knock him senseless, do that! And running should be the third option.
If you can't... then make peace with your gods... you are under your attacker's power and at his mercy.
So sorry... but self defense gives you only the slightest of chances... this is why the wolves eat sheeps... because they can.