Empowerment Self Defense

Our Violence Prevention program teaches Empowerment Self Defense. This approach emboldens us to feel strong, safe, and respected in all situations. We examine social issues that contribute to violence, and believe that survivors should not be blamed for what’s happened to them.

Empowerment Self Defense has been proven to be effective because it teaches us strategies to avoid violence altogether, rather than reacting to it when it happens.

Everyone is entitled to physical and emotional safety. Working towards a peaceful and respectful society is all of our responsibility. We are part of a community-minded movement that not only wants to prevent violence, but help people who have experienced violence. You can find other like-minded programs on our resource page.

Empowerment Self Defense

  • Empowerment Self Defense stands against victim blaming.
    It examines social issues like racism and sexism, and how they relate to violence
  • Empowerment Self Defense teaches proven safety strategies to reduce fear and violence
  • Empowerment Self Defense is trauma sensitive and consistent with current trauma intervention practices
  • Empowerment Self Defense is holistic: it covers resolution, consent, relationships, and bystander intervention

Sun Dragon’s curriculum uses the same approach as the program featured in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015, which reduced assault rates by about half (“Efficacy of a Sexual Assault Resistance Program for University Women.” Charlene Y. Senn, et al. N  Engl J Med 2015; 372:2326-2335 June 11, 2015).