for your note to FEMINIST.COM--and
first things first--I hope your
dream comes true!!!!
I think you are on to a great
idea--requiring every school
to teach self-defense. Similar
to the physical education requirement
that exists now.
perfect group to pursue this
is the "Empower Program", which
was started by Rosalind Wiseman
after she was assaulted. (She
actually wrote a book about
this experience and this process
of recovery, too--Defending
Our Lives.) Empower has
courses in schools. They have
had much success, but also faced
much resentment--hassle. I don't
know how people in this day
and age can still manage to
describe such work as "controversial,"
but they do. You should contact
Empower not only about pursuing
your idea, but about going through
one of their courses. They,
like other programs such as
Model Mugging, put the emphasis
on self-empowerment, because
the focus is empowering individuals
rather than teaching them skills.
People I know who have taken
such courses always talk about
how much it transformed their
lives. It taught them how to
create boundaries, where they
didn't previously exist. It's
great--and I highly recommend
it to you.
I hope this helps--and I hope
in five years time I will look
at the new requirements to implement
self-defense classes in all
high schools and think, that
must have been that woman who
wrote to Ask Amy.
Enjoy - and be safe.