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Monday, May 5, 2014

Falling Short: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

IMPACT Chicago instructors participated in sending a letter to the White House Task Force about the importance of including self-defense training in any plan to protect students from sexual assault  (http://impactchicago.blogspot.com/2014/03/dear-vice-president-biden.html ) and self-defense instructors across the country gave testimony to the Task Force about research on the value of self-defense (e.g. http://impactchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-is-trauma-sensitive-prevention.html). Amazingly, there is not one word about self-defense training in the report.

IMPACT Chicago Instructor Martha Thompson offers her reaction to the White House Task Force report with an analogy of a water safety program that does not include people learning how to swim. For her reaction, go to

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