Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgment or victim blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body and spirit.
Teaching ESD is supported by a preponderance of evidence for changing knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, or behavioral intentions and for reducing victimization.
Self-defense has been empirically proven to decrease a number of psychological attributes that are associated with victimization.
U.S. institutes, grant-makers, & departments recommend that people at high risk for violence practice ESD. In a recent report commissioned by the National Institute of Justice, researchers found that ESD reduces the risk of rape by more than 80%, compared to nonresistance.
A number of studies have found evidence that self-defense training may decrease a woman’s chances of experiencing sexual victimization; and that forceful verbal and physical resistance and fleeing (taught in ESD) have a proven association with rape prevention.
Research in Malawi and Kenya shows the intervention of Empowerment Self-Defense reduces sexual violence in both primary and secondary schools.
Studies show that teaching students proper self-defense techniques can actually reduce school violence. Teachers, administrators, & students can all benefit from learning the techniques in a self-defense program.
Enabling women to live free of violence requires the integration of programmes for education, retraining and establishing sustainable livelihoods. Women’s self defence programmes have proved effective in removing the debilitating effects of fear.”
Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgment or victim-blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body, and spirit. It teaches us that we are allowed to live our lives boldly and freely without fear.