What is Resistance?
Sexual violence is prevalent, but so is resistance. We believe sexual violence is always the fault of the person causing harm and you can’t prevent someone from trying to harm you. However, we also believe that if someone tries to harm you, you have the right to resist in whatever way feels safest and best for you.
Survival is resistance.
When we say ‘resistance’ we mean all of the strategies we can use to get ourselves out of a harmful or potentially harmful situation. Resistance can mean leaving when we feel uncomfortable, it can mean using our voice, it can mean using physical techniques - and many more things.
We are interested in the ways you resist! Join us for one of our workshops if you would like to develop skills for resistance.
We have three self defence programs:
- The Flip the Script™ with EAAA program
- Wen Do Women's Self Defense
- Acts of Resistance 2SLGBTQQIA+ program
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The Flip the Script™ with EAAA Program
The Flip the Script™ program with EAAA is a 12-hour evidence-based rape resistance workshop developed by UWindsor’s Dr. Charlene Senn and the SARE Centre. This program was designed for young women at Universities, and is typically offered to women who are 26 and under.
Flip the Script™ runs September to April. We offer this workshop over the course of four evenings or one weekend. Visit our Flip the Script™ page to learn more about this workshop and meet this year's facilitators!
Wen Do Women's Self Defence
Wen Do Women's Self Defence is the longest running women's self defence program in Canada. We offer Wen Do Women's Self Defence classes to our UWindsor community through The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Resistance, and Support.
The Basic Wen Do course is held over two days (typically a weekend), and provides the opportunity to practice easy-to-learn, easy-to-remember physical and verbal techniques, including: responses to the most common assaults on girls and women such as wrist holds, arm holds, choke holds, body holds, weapons defense, ground defense, bed defense as well asll gang and swarming situations. Effective blocks, strikes, and verbal self defence are a major component of this course. We include self defence situations related to outdoors, public transit, private vehicles, home, work and school safety.
In an environment that recognizes and celebrates our diversity, we talk about violence against women and children breaking down the myths of who, where, and why assault, harassment, and abuse happen.
This program is designed for women of all ages and abilities.
Visit the Wen Do Women's Self Defense website, to learn more about their programming.
Acts of Resistance
Acts of Resistance is a 2SLGBTQQIA+ self defence course related to Wen Do Women's Self Defence.
We know that sexual violence is also prevalent for members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community - and we want to offer empowering self defence courses!
Acts of Resistance uses a lot of the same self defence strategies as Wen Do, but the content is geared more towards the types of violence faced by 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks. This course offers self defence strategies, conversation, and community building.
We offer Acts of Resistance to our UWindsor community through The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Resistance, and Support in partnership with the UWindsor PRIDE Campaign.
To learn more about our resistance programming, including Flip the Script™ with EAAA program at UWindsor, contact Anne (She/Her):
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