But a local martial arts instructor is trying to change that.
While attackers might view women as being an easier target, this group is learning how to kick that stereotype to the curb.
These women are doing more than jabs and punches.
They're learning how to react if they find themselves in a threatening situation.
"When I am teaching self-defense, I want it to be fun," said KSN Michael Yates, Head Instructor of Kuk Sool Won of Pekin. "At the same time, I want them to understand that it is a serious aspect and you need to learn to defend themselves."
Yates says the first tip to remember is the mental aspect of defending themselves.
"Self-defense starts with being vigilant of what's around you, "said Yates. "Knowing what, who, where, and surroundings."
Emily Frakes, who is taking the class, added, "Being aware of your surroundings and watching what you are doing, paying attention, not being on your phone one hundred percent of the time."
Once they are able to stay alert, they then learn how to physically protect themselves.
"Being able to recall the techniques he's teaching us today is very important so we can better protect ourselves if the situation arises," said Frakes.
It is all being put together to break that stereotype that females are an easier target..
Yates said "We are trying to develop an idea that women don't have to be an easier target and that they can defend themselves in any situation."
For Frakes, that means that she won't have to be afraid if she ever finds herself in a dangerous situation.
"When I'm out by myself, making sure I'm aware of what's going on," she said. "If a situation ever arises, that I'd be able to take care of myself."
Kuk Sool Won of Pekin offers this class throughout the year.
It is for women only, but you do not need to be a member of the school to attend.
You can contact the school at 309-346-3466