· Approximately 85.000 women are raped in England and Wales every year.
· That’s roughly 11 rapes every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts.
· 1 in 5 women aged 16-59 experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of sixteen.
· 31% of young women aged 18-24 report having experienced sexual abuse in child hood.
These figures come from An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales, the first ever joint official statistics bulletin on sexual violence released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Home Office in January 2013.
Most people have a Hollywood view of violence which is very glamorized, however being in an actual situation of physical confrontation when basic human instincts of fight, flight or freeze kicks in is extremely different. It is very difficult to prepare for this scenario as humans are very unpredictable. Undertaking self defence lessons can help you to partially prepare for a variety of situations, teaching you how to assess each situation and respond accordingly in the most effective manner to preserve your physical well-being. There are benefits for women that undertake self defence lessons, the physical exercise to promote a healthy body, meeting new people in classes this can develop into new friendships and help increase confidence. Having the knowledge on how to protect yourself can help you to feel safer promoting a healthy psychological well being. Self defence training helps individuals learn to be more aware of their surroundings and to be prepared for the unexpected at all times.
Being a survivor myself I felt anxious in public, my social interactions were becoming harder for me to maintain and a healthy social life was becoming difficult as I didn’t like going out with others and meeting new people. Over the last few years I have gone on courses with work furthering my career and increasing my confidence. I have been a break away and restraints trainer for 5 years which involves conflict management training and I have recently become a self defence trainer, both of these activities place me in social situations that I have previously felt uncomfortable with but over time I am gaining the confidence needed and feel more comfortable.
This year I will be setting up self defence courses for women as I feel that there is a high benefit from women doing this. So keep checking my blog post for updates on this.
Self defence will allow you to learn the basics of how to quickly disable an attacker so that you can escape. Going to self defence classes allows you to learn something new, this revolves around accepting your defeats and encouraging your successes in life.