Sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, and many other variations have been a hot topic lately. It is interesting to note that a lot of women have had their own personal experience, I would bet even most. I have no statistics to back this up, and even if I did, I don’t think they would be accurate. We all know that most of these occur but never get reported, acknowledged, or even shared. It’s a vulnerable subject which carries a lot of weight of doubt and fear. Reporting it sometimes doesn’t even enter your mind. You are too busy putting one foot in front of the other. Some of us do, and some of us don’t. I make no judgments and offer no possible form of advice. Each incident is different, each situation unique, each person at different stages of age, experience, and leading separate life journeys.
I did contact the Appleton Police Department and Cpt. Rudy Nyman, Investigative Services Commander, kindly replied with some statistics, but also noted that a lot of the violent crimes go unreported. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics report from 2016, fewer than half (42%) of violent victimizations were reported to police. Serious violent crimes include rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. There was no statistically significant difference in the percentage of violence (49%) and stranger violence (45%) reported to police. However, reasons victims did not report crimes included fearing reprisal or getting the offender in trouble, presuming the crime was too personal or trivial to report or believing that the police would not or could not help.
My own father rehearsed several scenarios with me growing up, and gave advice to me should I find myself in any conflicting or dangerous situations. Fight or flight. If you have the opportunity just run. Always be aware of your surroundings. Look up when walking, never down. Always have your keys ready. Never be taken to a secondary site. Knife wounds are worse than bullet wounds. Run in a zig-zag. I assume this was knowledge he shared from being in the military. It got me thinking if many households had parents that knew how to teach their children to respond to a violent situation, or if there are women out there who might not even know what to do themselves.
On Friday, May 11th, Orthopedic & Spine Therapy is partnering with the Appleton Police Department, to put on the Be Not Afraid: Find Your Swagger Self-Defense Workshop. The first 90 minutes will be discussing self-defense and safety, the last 30 minutes on women’s health. All proceeds from the event will be given to the Harbor House of Appleton, who will also be present to accept further donations. This workshop is appropriate for all women ages 12 and up. It will be fun and informative, so come and learn how to feel safe and empowered!
The “Me Too” movement has opened up the conversation, but we need to continue the momentum. We must be able to defend ourselves when found in compromising situations. We need to know how to be safe in this ever growing and changing society, and we need to open a dialog with our children, not to scare them, but to educate them. We need to be aware of the opportunities in our community such as this one. I know you will leave much more confident than when you came in and we all hope to see you there.
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