Empowerment self-defense is not just about preventing, interrupting, or stopping sexual assault, it is also about getting support, being safe, and healing from assault. Given that we live in a society where people who are sexually assaulted are often blamed or criticized, it is not surprising that survivors of sexual assault may blame themselves. Sian Ferguson identifies four ways to overcome self-blame after sexual assault:
1. Understand victim-blaming at an intellectual level.
2. Tackle those self-blaming thoughts directly.
3. Surround yourself with people who support your healing.
4. Be gentle with yourself when you get it wrong.
For more, see Ferguson’s blog at Everyday Feminism