Testimony to the White House White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

On February 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to give testimony to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. It was a thrill to hear Bea Hanson's voice again and remember her from anti-violence organizing work in Brooklyn, NY when I was a student and leader at the Center for Anti-Violence Education

This is what I said: 

My name Is Lynne Marie Wanamaker. I am an advocate for personal safety education as an important component of prevention. I teach empowerment-based self defense and have been active in this field for over 25 years. I am a co-author of the professional core competencies for instructors teaching that methodology through our national certifying body.

Is self-defense victim-blaming?

The smartass part of me says, "Not if you do it right." 

The professional part of me points to the National Women's Martial Arts Federation empowerment-model (in which I was certified) and the professional Core Competencies (which I co-authored.) 

But my colleague Susan Schorn--author of Smile at Strangers and the Bitchslap column at McSweeneys--goes to the mat on this topic in a gorgeous, impassioned long-form essay at The Hairpin. I'm proud to have been part of the conversation leading up to this great piece and to be quoted throughout on my thoughts about self-defense.

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