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Violence Against Women. 2014 Mar;20(3):252-69. doi: 10.1177/1077801214526046. Epub 2014 Mar 12.

Does self-defense training prevent sexual violence against women?

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University of Oregon, USA.

Abstract

Self-defense classes are offered across the nation as a strategy for reducing women's vulnerability to sexual assault. Yet there has been little systematic research assessing the effectiveness of these classes. In this article, I use data from a mixed methods study of a 10-week, university-based, feminist self-defense class to examine the effectiveness of self-defense training over a 1-year follow-up period. My analyses indicate that women who participate in self-defense training are less likely to experience sexual assault and are more confident in their ability to effectively resist assault than similar women who have not taken such a class.

KEYWORDS:

prevention; self-defense training; sexual assault

PMID:
24626766
DOI:
10.1177/1077801214526046
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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