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Verbal Self-Defense For Girls

A “verbal self-defense training in a box” licensed course for schools, colleges, institutions, organizations, self-defense associations, martial arts dojos, and companies committed to the empowerment of women and girls to prevent assault and stop college campus rape.

The old model is to teach physical self-defense.

The new model is to use verbal self-defense first to prevent a physical attack.

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Stop sexual assault in schools. Stop college campus rape with simple self-defense techniques for girls

Course Overview

In this course we distill and simplify the process of verbal self-defense for each of the most precarious situations that girls will encounter with friends, family, teachers, boyfriends, colleagues and strangers. We will practice how to handle 10 of the most common difficult or dangerous scenarios a girl 14-24 will face.

 

What it is

A unique verbal self-defense course that teaches young women 14-24 how to protect themselves verbally in life’s most difficult and dangerous situations and stay safe.

 

Why it Matters

When a young woman knows how to handle tricky situations she is less likely to become the victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.

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Preventing Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Who Cares

Educational institutions that want to lower the drop out rate of girls by decreasing bullying and pregnancy and by increasing their self-esteem. Verbal self-defense is the quickest, easiest, most cost-effective way to do that.

Colleges that want to decrease rape and law suits for rapes committed on campus and protect their good reputation as a respected and safe school so parents won’t hesitate to send their daughters.

Organizations committed to the empowerment and protection of young women that seek additional resources to enhance their existing programs. Adding verbal self-defense to the curriculum will draw in more program participants and help gain greater recognition and credibility for your organization. 

Female leaders who want to promote empowerment so girls can protect themselves in the most dangerous and difficult daily situations. Verbal self-defense is a skill that any girl can learn that will serve her in all areas of her life including getting and keeping a job, becoming a leader, creating a business, speaking out against injustice, and gaining confidence and self-esteem to do whatever it is she is called to do in this life.

Parents and grandparents who want their daughters to be able to speak up for themselves and other in any situation and stay safe. This verbal self-defense course shows girls and young women how to carry themselves with authority and be taken seriously by anyone. In today’s world self-defense knowledge and implementation is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

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learning verbal self-defense gives a girl higher self-esteem + confidence

How it is Delivered

This is a done-for-you self-defense “course in a box” complete package that includes facilitator’s guide, video, FAQ, press release, contracts, flyer, follow-up materials + more, that anyone can follow, even with no prior teaching experience. There is a flat, annual licensing fee renewed yearly. You can train as many participants as you like. There is no limit. All materials are digital and downloadable.

Summary

By the time they are 12 most girls have experienced some kind of inappropriate touching, boundary crossing, or verbal or sexual assault.

It’s a fact that the majority of the participants will face these 10 most common dangerous or difficult situations, if they haven’t already. And the outcome of their experiences will be directly related to the amount of preparation they’ve had when they meet those situations.

 

This self-defense course gives girls a voice to protect themselves and others so they stay safe.

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Give girls the tools to prevent sexual assault + increase self-esteem

How This Verbal Self-Defense Course is Different

Our proprietary process is based on the principles of Aikido (Japanese Martial arts called “The way of harmony”) compassion, and on solid, time-tested communication skills created by a world-renowned media trainer and women’s empowerment expert, teacher, best-selling author, former tennis pro and Aikido black belt.

This 6-hour verbal self-defense course, which can be delivered in one or two hour increments, harnesses proven practices that show girls how to assess their options under stress and take instant action on the spot. The result is increased confidence, self-esteem and motivation.

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What’s Included in

“Verbal Self-Defense Training in a Box?”

  1. Facilitator’s guide. The guide gives you everything you need to run the self-defense course for girls. The exact scripts to use for every scenario, the timing, the tools. You don’t need to do anything, but read it out loud and follow each of steps which are explained in detail. You don’t need any prior teacher training either. I have mapped out what to look for to insure improvement, ways to positively reinforce behavior, and how to handle difficulties that may arise. Enjoy having it all done for you.

  2. Video. This video shows the exercises or techniques that include movement that’s not self-explanatory (15 minutes long). Any explanation that benefits from a visual example is included in easy-to-follow detail (like escape from grabs — which use effective self-defense techniques that any participant can perform). You don’t need any martial arts, mediation, or any self-defense training to carry out the course. Just watch the video and familiarize yourself with content of the course and the moves and you’ll be all set.

  3. FAQ. I’ve provided the answers to over 100 questions! So you’ll be completely prepared for anything that is likely to come up. If you encounter a question I haven’t covered just post it in the private Facebook group for facilitators and I’ll address it ASAP.

  4. Press release. Just insert the name of you and/or your organization in the fill in the blank done-for-you template and send it off to the media to get immediate attention for your school, organization or community on radio, TV, print, and the Internet (blogs, social media etc.).

  5. Social media viralizer. Inside you facilitator’s guide I’ve included ways to make posting on social media simple for the girls during the breaks so that the course will promote itself while reinforcing and rewarding the girl’s pride and accomplishments.

  6. Social media promotion. I provide commercial creative commons images, hashtags and text so you can increase excitement, anticipation and enrollment for the self-defense training for girls.

  7. Handout. I have created a quick look list of all of the scenarios and scripts so that the course participants can review the scenarios after the training.

  8. Dojo list. If the participants want to deepen their learning they are invited to train in local Aikido dojos or other martial arts disciplines to increase their physical confidence and mental focus on this one-sheet.

  9. Flyer/brochure. If you’d like to post a quick summary of the course or send it digitally to anyone in advance of the course date you can. We provide both the PDF and Microsoft word versions of the document so you can personalize it accordingly.

  10. Certificate of Completion. You’ll be able to award each participant a personal certificate of completion that’s visible and vibrant proof of her accomplishment so she can remind herself of how powerful she is whenever she needs it.
  11. Private Facebook group for facilitators. I’ve created a private Facebook group for facilitators should you have any questions, comments, challenges, suggestions or successes. We have a community to support and grow your teaching.

  12. Private Facebook group for participants. This is a place where participants can share photos, videos, songs, scripts and experiences so they can bond, cheer each other on, imprint new behaviors, and continue their learnings from one another.

  13. Overview. A comprehensive and quick one-page explanation of the entire verbal self-defense course for girls in a nutshell.

  14. Contracts. All the necessary contracts are included so we have a smooth and simple way to implement the training in your organization instantly. If you’d like to become a licensor of our content we are all set for that as well.

  15. Your License. Your licensing fee, created to be affordable for any organization of any size, is a flat, annual licensing fee renewed yearly. You can teach as many participants as you like. There is no limit. If anything changes after the first year your license will be edited accordingly to accommodate your needs.

All materials are digital + downloadable.

You can access them at any time.

Creator of The Verbal Self-Defense Course

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I’ve made this course affordable for any organization of any size 

Susan Harrow (me!) is a black belt in Aikido, a former tennis pro with a high school teaching credential and author of the best-selling book, Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul (HarperCollins). I’ve been certified in a behavior based screening technique called Targeted Selection Interviewing (TSI) where I interviewed 1,500 job candidates as a consultant for Pacific Bell Directory/SBC/AT&T for nearly 10 years and put 3,000 of them through role plays analyzing their body language, vocabulary and subtle facial cues to determine if they had the chops to work in high-pressure sales or C-Suite positions.

For the past 27 years I’ve run Harrow Communications, a media consultancy, where I’ve media trained everyone from Fortune 500 CEOs to celebrity chefs to prepare them for TV, radio and print interviews on CBS’ 60 Minutes, CNN, Fox News, GMA, NPR, The New York Times, WSJ, O, Vanity Fair, Parade, People, Inc., Fortune, etc. This verbal self-defense course comes out of my deep desire to empower girls to speak their mind, stand their ground, sing their song. I love to curl up with a good mystery and a bar of dark chocolate. What you might not know about me is that I was almost sold into slavery to a Bedouin Sheik in Israel for 10 camels and a mule.