Campus Portal - Self-Defense


     Self-defense is a tool of finding empowerment and developing assertiveness, something which those socialized as female in our culture are often not taught to do. However, self-defense cannot be the end of the discussion.
     What causes a circumstance of sexual assault is someone willing to sexually assault--not whether or not the target has self-defense skills. In addition, most campus rapists create situations in which their target is severely intoxicated or incapacitated, making defense impossible.
     Self-defense classes should be used as a part of a broader campus-wide movement for social change, beyond individual educational efforts.

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