Tips for Staying Safe
How to Choose a Self Defense Class
How to Choose a Rape
First, congratulate yourself! When you decide to take a rape prevention
class, you are choosing to make yourself more powerful and improve the quality
of your life.
There are lots of different approaches to rape prevention. When you're
considering a particular class, here are some questions I think are important
- Was the class developed by
women? Is it taught by women? Is it just for women? Many
students say they value highly the practical wisdom and supportive atmosphere
that comes from shared experience.
- Is the class the right time commitment for
you? Can you afford it? Decide what is practical for you and
your budget, and find a class that fits your needs.
- Does the class deal specifically with rape
prevention? With acquaintance rape? Not all self-defense classes
address how to make your life safer from sexual assault. And acquaintance rape,
which is more than 3/4 of all rape, should be given significant attention.
- Does the teacher have training and experience
both in self defense and in dealing with the issue of rape? Rape
prevention is not only about learning to punch and kick. Understanding the
issues and the emotions around sexual assault helps you to be prepared and to
make life decisions that are appropriate for you.
- Does the class encourage you to make choices
that suit your needs and your style of life? Too often, we
simply get told what to do. It's more effective -- and more empowering -- if we
learn how to make our own choices.