From the Melrose Free Press

Melrose, Mass. —  The Melrose Police Department is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 donation, which will be used for the R.A.D. program for high school students during this coming summer.

This is an opportunity for the Melrose Police Department to provide a comprehensive self-defense course that promotes awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing onto the basics of self-defense.

 

R.A.D. is not a martial arts program but a Rape Aggression Defense system that is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assaults by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics.

Get the full details at Wickedlocal.com

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By Laura Beck on Jezebel.com

Cabs for women aren't a new thing in the world, and they're not a new thing in India, either. However, Delhi's Cabs for Women by Women is notable because after the violent gang rape and heartbreaking death of the young student in the Indian capital, their business spiked by 40 percent. Consequently, the small team of eight drivers — all committed to supporting the city's women, and keeping them safe — is looking to hopefully hire more drivers soon.

Read Laura's entire article: Lady Cab Drivers Take Self-Defense to Prepare for Work

Published in Self Defense Training
By LYNN MARIE WANAMAKER
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
(Published in print: Wednesday, December 26, 2012)
 

For the past 25 years, I have been honored to participate in a grassroots feminist movement of prevention education. Sometimes called “social-justice empowerment-based self-defense,” this movement is firmly grounded in the reality that most gender-based violence is perpetrated by men known to their victims. Instruction is provided in the context of what I call the “self-defense paradox.”   One facet of this paradox is the fact that one person — the perpetrator — holds sole responsibility for the decision to assault someone. The other is the fact that people at risk of violence can take effective steps to increase their own safety. Our programs are trauma-sensitive, attentive to the presence of survivors in any gathered community.

Read Lynn's entire article: Helping women overcome "self-defense paradox"

Published in Violence Against Women
Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:00

Tough girls train, learn how not be victims

By Richard Yeakley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Stop! Stop! Leave me alone! Stop! Stop!”

The shouts aren’t those of a victim of crime. They are the shouts of a woman training to never be one. Michelle Lugo is a Tuff Girl — a group of women who train Tuesday and Thursday nights at Longview Martial Arts in grappling, striking and self defense techniques.

 The program is designed for women of all ages. No interest in traditional martial arts like Taekwondo or Jiu Jitsu, which are also offered at Longview Martial Arts, is needed to participate. “It can be frightening to be alone, especially at night,” Lugo said. “Do you watch the news, people these days are willing to kill you for a couple of dollars.”

 

Read the entire article here: Tough girls train, learn how not to be victims

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Published in Violence Against Women
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 00:00

The holidays can be a perilous time for women

From the Orlando Sentinal:

Sgt. Jamie Loomis is an imposing figure with or without her Winter Park police uniform.

When she yells, she means it. When she feels threatened, she assumes a defensive position. When her life is on the line, she fights with every fiber of her strength because Loomis vowed not to be a victim.

Empowering other women to adopt similar attitudes and reduce their risk of being targeted by violent criminals is what Loomis specializes in as a self-defense instructor for the police department.

 "As women, we are not prepared to protect ourselves," Loomis said. "I teach women to embrace their 'Spidey' sense and use it, not ignore it."

Whether at home or on the street, the holidays can be a potentially perilous time for women lacking the basic physical and psychological skills to ward off danger.

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