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self defense | SASARI

Child Development AND Self Defense

Hello Students Abroad Sexual Assault Resource Initiative Blog Readers,

As a child I feel it was engrained in me that you never injure a male in his privates and that tattling is bad.  I can’t remember specifics at all, but I do know that my Grandma Baker was very animated, so I can’t help but try to remember her reactions.

When a person is sexually assaulted, they can’t especially control how they respond.  I just wonder what the effect these messages had on me when it came to my rape while abroad.

I’ve told myself that if I ever have children of my own this is how I will handle these teachable moments.  I would start by trying not to startle them with a loud reaction like shouting.  I would also try to establish when it is okay and when it is not.

I am well aware that male genitals are very sensitive and susceptible to medical problems.  I do, however, believe there is a time and place to exercise blunt force trauma to them.

I made a very valiant effort to try to stop my study abroad rape from happening, but I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if I would have debilitated him with a leg or fist to his genitals.

I waited roughly 8 years to report my study abroad rape to the authorities, to tattle per se.  One of their main questions was “Why do you want to report now?”  I stuttered out my main reason, but there were more after I had time to think.

I made sure to think this blog topic over for a night to make sure it was acceptable.  I find it baffling how this topic came out of nowhere to me.  This morning I decided that this blog post was brought to you by my angels.

Now how are you going to mold your youth to respond to sexual violence?  I would love to hear your commentary on this blog post!

If you know of someone that might benefit from SASARI’s resources, let them know how to find us.




Kind Regards,


SASARI Founder


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