Self Defense for women

Rahmana Karuna
Posted November 26, 2021 from United States

I practiced for 5 years in the local rural county health department birth control clinic, providing women's annual physicals/pap smears and prescribing contraceptives of their choice. I learned that most of the girls/women age 11-50 years old had a herstory of sexual abuse/assault. This is a poor county with high drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness. At a conference with health care providers, police, social workers, a question was asked "at what age did you take your first alcoholic drink". there were clickers on the tables for answering. There was a high rate of folks there that had their first drink at 9-12 years of age. The speaker said "this is your problem in your community". I couldn't believe the "in your face" comment.  Though it was a 30 something year old man, gay, from the big city.

This county is also where a regional Veteran's hospital exists. The woman in charge of the woman's program had a black belt in martial arts and provided classes to young girls in self defense. She wrote a book. I met with her for a picnic lunch when i purchased a case of her book, with my own $$, to give to the girls and women and mothers that i attended. 

The first half of the book describes how girls are raised to be "nice and serve men and to not say no". the second half of the book has stick drawings showing and describing self defense from sexual attacks.

The teenagers loved the drawings, the mothers found help to teach their daughters. 

this is a very important piece of knowledge globally.

Lifelines: Women, Male Violence, and Personal Safety- Paperback – December 16, 2003

by Marcia E Hall (Author)

This book provides a "lifeline" of information and skills for the most basic of human needs-personal safety. Male violence against women in all its forms remains a leading cause of death, disability, and injury to women of all ages in the United States. Lifelines offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to being safe and staying safe. From the psychological impact of trauma and how it destroys self-protective capacity, to the who, what, where, and how of violence against women, this book promotes hope, knowledge, skill building and competency as counteractions to fear and violence. Lifelines advances personal safety by weaving the personal, the political, and the pragmatic on a subject often ignored and systematically distorted. This book articulates the necessity and means for women to strengthen individual resources to care for themselves, to embrace safety, to learn defensive skills and behaviors, and ultimately promotes a social permission to do so.

Marcia was also integral in creating this Violence Against Women (VAW) document for the state of oregon.

Oregon Violence Against Women Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology Prevention Plan

"Violence against women (VAW) is a serious public health problem affecting as many as one in three women in the world today.5 Globally, the health burden from VAW is comparable to that of major illnesses such as HIV infection, tuberculosis, sepsis during childhood, and cardiovascular disease.6 In the United States, an estimated 52% of women experience some type of violence in their lifetime. Annually, women in the U.S. are subjected to just under 900,000 rapes and 6 million physical assaults."

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Jill Langhus
Nov 29, 2021
Nov 29, 2021

Hi Rahmana,

How are you? Thanks for sharing this book, and resource. The book sounds like a really good resource.

Hope you have a great week.