Many people on college campuses wonder about their personal safety. It’s not unusual to feel a heightened sense of worry when reading a crime alert, walking across the Diag on a dark winter evening, entering a parking structure, or leaving a crowded bar.
Do you know what to do if you feel threatened? Have you practiced doing it? Personal Safety Education (PSE) can help; and this month staff, students and faculty can attend free PSE workshops at the Central Campus Recreation Building.
Personal safety education teaches comprehensive skills, strategies, and tactics for the prevention of interpersonal violence. PSE includes awareness, body language, social, verbal, and physical skills, including choices for avoiding, de-escalating, and responding to potential harm from people we know and people we don’t.
By practicing PSE, you can learn to:
- Trust your intuition.
- Communicate assertively, passively or aggressively, depending on the context.
- Respond confidently to body space intrusions.
- Say no early in a new relationship to learn more about your partner.
- Escape using emergency techniques such as strikes or kicks.
The workshops are free, and open to people of all genders, identities and physical abilities. We will not be learning martial arts, and you do not have to be physically fit to participate. Survivors of violence are welcome; you're invited to participate in whatever way works for you.
Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, the Dean of Students Office, and U-Move in the School of Kinesiology.