The legality of using force against anyone, including a girl, in self-defense depends on the specific circumstances of the situation and the laws of the jurisdiction. Generally, the use of force is only justified if it is:
- Reasonable: The force used must be proportional to the threat perceived. Using excessive force, even against a perceived attacker, can be illegal.
- Necessary: There must be no other safe options available to avoid the threat.
- Imminent: The threat must be immediate or about to occur. Responding to past threats is not considered self-defense.
It’s important to remember that every situation is unique, and legal interpretations can vary. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to use force in self-defense, seeking legal advice afterwards is always recommended.
Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE You can also get help online at RAINN’s website: https://www.rainn.org
- The National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
Remember, your safety is always the top priority. If you are in immediate danger, call emergency services or seek help from a trusted source.