Much of the material for this FAQ is based upon materials developed by Chuck Buhs teaching the activity class “Self-Defense for Women” at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA. This credit course helped students understand and manage various situations in a more confident and safe manner.
The goal of this activity course was simple: Don’t be victimized; take steps to get safe, be safe, stay safe!
Following is the feedback of a few students from the St. Mary’s course. These statements reflect trends indicated in the literature regarding gender socialization. Prior to taking the course, some students felt that they were helpless against men who intended physical harm. At the end of the semester, students expressed having increased confidence, awareness of their surroundings, and knowledge of more than one method to protect themselves.
MSMAP offered its first MSMAP Self-Defense Workshop in Summer 2008 followed by its second workshop in Spring 2009. Topics covered handling oneself in social/dating situations and groups. Emphasis is on using awareness, assessment, and action to manage oneself well to be safe and stay safe.
More information and helpful resources are available.
Go to: Self-Defense Resources