Violence against young women is a reality. But what should you teach your girls about fighting back?
Before they teach children to fight, instructors in the self-defense workshops at Santa Cruz-based Kidpower coach them in skills that make fighting unnecessary most of the time. Those skill include: Being aware of their environment. Projecting a powerful, respectful attitude. Staying in charge of what they say and do no matter how they feel inside. Noticing and leaving a potentially unsafe situation. Setting strong verbal boundaries. Managing emotional triggers in order to stay calm and make wise choices. Shouting, pulling away, and running to get help from an adult.