Saturday, October 22, 10:am to 3:30pm Masonic Lodge on Main St. (Across from Safeway) Sebstopol
Girls age 11 to 24 are in the highest risk group for sexual assault. In this class I will cover related topics such as the psychological dynamics of a sexual assault, psychological self-defense strategies, verbal self-defense and assertiveness, dating and domestic violence, date rape drugs and the correlation between alcohol and sexual assault. I also include inspiring real-life success stories of girls and women defending themselves. I also talk about the decades of research that show that between 70 and 90% of all assailants are known to the victim of the assault. We tend to be the most afraid of stranger assaults however the vast majority of assailants are people we know such as acquaintances, friends, neighbors, extended family members, people we’re dating or even spouses. We have to be psychologically and emotionally prepared to defend ourselves against someone we might really like, care about or love. We will discuss how to stay alert and aware of our surroundings, trust our intuition, avoid dangerous situations, set boundaries, use our voices in a clear, strong and direct manner to stop an asdault early and how to physically fight back when in imminent danger. I will cover our legal right to defend ourselves and the difference between self-defense and retaliation and the need to avoid using excessive force.
Contact me now to sign up the teens and young women in your life!
September 10 and 17, 2016 (Sebastopol)
“I’m excited to announce the May women’s self-defense class of 2016 has been scheduled! This is an adult class, however, teens age 16 -17 are welcome to participate with signed parental permission. This class (like all my classes) includes simple, easy to learn, powerful and affective, physical self-defense techniques that can be used in a wide range of real-life situations. The class also includes verbal self-defense: you will learn how to use your voice in a strong and powerful way to defend yourself and prevent an assault from escalating. In addition, we will practice assertiveness skills that can be used to set limits (aka “Boundaries”) and stand up for ourselves in a wide range of situations and communicate in a clear and direct manner with friends or family members, neighbors or co-workers, as well as strangers. Other topics will be addressed such as the psychology of the attacker and the psychological dynamics of an assault, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and sexual harassment. I include real-life success stories to highlight certain self-defense strategies. These stories are inspiring and encouraging and help us to believe, “If she can do it, so can I!” Feel free to click on “Download” to copy and print the flyer below (in pdf format) and post at school or work or hand out to friends.”