Q: What is Women's Self-Defense?
ATHENA is a set of awareness, assertiveness, and verbal confrontation skills coupled with safety strategies and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully escape, resist, and survive violent attacks. A good self-defense course provides psychological awareness and verbal skills, not just physical training.
ATHENA will teach you how to....
Reduce your Vulnerability
Sexual violence will end when individuals stop making the choice to be violent, and when societal norms change. As social change progresses, we can develop our personal knowledge and strength to reduce our vulnerability. Although not tangible like locks and alarms, this knowledge and strength provides the foundation for our self-defense and survival skills. Some ideas:
Develop strong boundaries. Rapists often select potential victims using gut feeling. Subtle attempts to invade our personal space and to force conversation with us are tests of our boundaries used by rapists to confirm their gut feeling. We send a strong message when we enforce our limits and preferences for touching, revealing personal information and feelings, and having people in the space that surrounds us. Anger is effective fuel for enforcing these boundaries!
Trust your intuition, and act on it. Acting on our intuition, regardless of the criticism, embarrassment, or inconvenience that may result, can help prevent assaults. Hoping for the best in an uneasy situation can increase our vulnerability if it keeps us from enforcing our boundaries or leaving a situation. Intuition is our internal alarm system that deserves our valued attention!