PARENTS: Is your college bound daughter prepared?

Has your daughter been trained to be aware of her surroundings? Does she know how to set boundaries? Does she have the ability to prevent an attack? Does she have the skills to physically repel her attacker and escape?

If any of the answers is NO, then your daughter is NOT ready to enter the college scene.

Taylor Behl in 2005, Morgan Harrington in 2009, Hannah Graham in 2014. One name is too many.

The videos below are scary to watch. However, these situations can occur. There are ways to defend yourself and we can show you how. Every day, girls are often unaware of who is around them. Attention to your surroundings is important. That message from your bestie or boyfriend can wait until you are safe.

Is this YOUR daughter?

Is this YOUR daughter?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?

YOU CAN GET CHOKED OUT IN 3 SECONDS

RAINN statistics (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)

RAINN statistics (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)

WHAT WOMEN SAY:

“Walking into a bar the other night, a man grabbed the back of my cowgirl hat and when I turned around [he] continued to screw with it. I looked him in the eye and said ‘We don’t know each other. Don’t touch me.’ This is huge for me, I didn’t used to look men in the eye, and most often when I say things, it’s too quiet for people to hear."

The young woman telling this story had taken a thirty-hour self-defense class at her university. She was reporting back, a year later, on her experiences since taking this course.

“A man at the bus stop was invading my space and . . . using ploys to see if I would do what he asked. He acted like he was joking with me and grabbed my arm near my wrist. I used the wrist release I learned and said loudly for him to leave me alone. . . . I think if I had been less resistant he would have taken it further.”

Perhaps more important than the physical techniques, is the philosophy which assumes that women are not helpless and can effectively resist. The empowerment philosophy further assumes that even when physical defense isn’t called for—when women are faced with obnoxious or harassing behavior that may not be imminently dangerous—they can also learn to set clear boundaries.

“I was at a football game and this drunk guy was stomping all over the place and he put his arm around me. Normally I wouldn’t say anything. I was just like, ‘Oh, whatever, you know, he’s just drunk. Let it go.’ But I actually spoke up and said, ‘Get your hand off of me.’ That’s something I would have never done before. He was, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to . . . ’ So it worked. That’s a really small thing, but to me it was just so empowering.”

SOURCE: http://cascade.uoregon.edu/spring2013/social-sciences/are-women-safer-when-they-learn-self-defense/

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