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.
Beyond Rape: A Survivor's Story
A bold, groundbreaking, piece of journalism in which Joanna Connors turns her reportorial skills on her own sexual assault. Originally published in The Plain Dealer of Cleveland in May, 2008. Winner of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma Award. http://dartcenter.org/content/beyond-rape
- The Spectrum of Prevention The Spectrum of Prevention helps expand prevention efforts beyond education models by promoting a multifaceted range of activities for effective prevention. Includes: Influencing Policy and Legislation,, Changing Organizational Practices, Fostering Coalitions and Networks, Educating Providers, Promoting Community Education, and Strengthening Individual Knowledge and Skills. http://www.preventioninstitute.org/index.php?option=com_jlibrary&view=article&id=105&Itemid=127
- Green Dot Bystander Intervention Strategy The Green Dot strategy is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model. Bring it to your campus! http://www.livethegreendot.com
- Transforming a Rape Culture A groundbreaking collection of diverse voices tackling a wide range of important issues, this book is a much-needed step toward eliminating the sources of rape and rape culture. http://milkweed.org/shop/product/156/transforming-a-rape-culture/
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