There are a lot of self defense classes and the like out there that are aimed at teaching women to protect themselves against attackers and sexual predators. But, the one at the University of Colorado has be scratching my head a bit. I mean, most of their tips for protecting yourself are pretty legit, but they also recommend that you throw up, pee your pants, or tell an attacker you're on your period to scare them away. Really?

Their list of tips was updated on Monday night, after a rather controversial gun ban was passed by the House Of Representatives in Colorado. Now the "tell them you're on your period or pee your pants" tactic is apparently part of the Rape Aggression Defense program that the University offers. And I suppose they worded it a little more delicately than I did.

Here are ways that they say women can prevent being sexually assaulted, according to IBTimes:

1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.

2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead!  It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.

3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can't run in them.

4. Don't take time to look back; just get away.

5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.

6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.

7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.

8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!

9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.

10. Remember, every emergency situation is different.  Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.

"Tell your attacker you have a disease or are menstruating"? Really? Somehow I don't think that a would-be attacker is afraid of a little blood. Also, I've never met anyone who can vomit on command. And what if you don't have to pee? At least the other pointers are valid.