Saturday, 31 August 2013 00:00

Letter: Self Defense On Campus

Written by the Advocate Staff on

To The Editor:

The news of the senseless murder of the 24-year-old woman in Boston last week has been the subject of many conversations between parents and children of all ages. Those who have daughters, especially those who are about to leave for college, are frightened about the randomness and senselessness of what happened. Many wonder what they would have done in that situation.

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Published in Violence Against Women
Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:00

Gun packing women on the rise

Written by Delilah Jean Williams.

In recent times, women have been buying guns in more numbers and it started well before the massacre at Sandy Hook.

Currently, there are varying polls available, but approximately 23 percent of women identify as gun owners, which is up 13 percent since 2005. The National Shooting Sports Foundation states that 73 percent of gun dealers reported an increase in female customers in 2011.

Weapons manufacturers have been targeting women for years, with advertising and products designed to appeal to small-framed individuals, colored accessories and shooting gloves, while using motto’s like “look cute while you shoot!”


However, advertisers haven’t mentioned the use of assault weapons by women and there haven’t been any handbags produced that are big enough to inconspicuously pack them around. In fact, women have varying reasons for gun ownership, including family heirlooms from their fathers, target shooting competitions, independence and self-defense.

Read Delilah's entire article: Gun packing women on the rise


Published in Self Defense

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.

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Published in Self Defense Training

By Laura Beck on

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
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

Self Defense for Women

Brandy White's article in the Examiner is a must read for women!

It might not be on every woman’s to do list but it should be: take a self-defense class. It’s not a topic most people, especially women like to bring up, the possibility that they could be attacked but as numerous statistics show, it happens. In fact, according to numbers released by the U.S. government one in four women will be attacked in their lifetime.

Read the entire article, Self-defense: a must for women

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

With thanks,

maker of the bedside holster holder, Pillow Pal


Published in Violence Against Women