"Researchers who study self-defense for sexual assault note its similarities to exposure therapy, in which individuals in a safe environment are exposed to the things they fear and avoid. In the case of self-defense training, however, participants are not only exposed to simulated assaults, they also learn and practice proactive responses, including—but not limited to—self-defense maneuvers. Over time, these repeated simulations can massively transform old memories of assault into new memories of empowerment," Jim Hopper, Harvard Medical School.
Check out this article in the Atlantic "What Self-Defense Can Do for Mental Health" by Gitit Ginit who explores what psychologists say about the role self-defense training can play in healing from sexual assault.
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