JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — September 21, 2013, was a day Rachel Layer thought would be her last.
Late into the evening an attacker had entered her residence after prying his way in through the bathroom window, crawled behind where she was lying on her couch, and began choking her, hitting her in the side of the head and pulling her hair.
But Layer isn't accustomed to giving in or being a victim. She squared herself up with her attacker and easily got him off of her, something she thinks surprised him, not expecting such strength, and was able to fight off his attacks and get out of the house.
Since then, she has taken mixed martial arts classes and become an advocate for self-defense through her blog and public speaking.