But it isn't. The reality is that the majority of women who are attacked are attacked by people that they know. Here are a few statistics pulled from the National Domestic Violence Hotline website that drives the point home better than I ever could:
*On the average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.The martial artist-me reasonably believes that if I was assaulted, I'd be able to do whatever I needed to physically to get away. But punching a STRANGER in the nose has got to be different than punching someone that I know - and who knows me. And none of the WSD workshops I went to ever addressed that.
* One in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
* One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, slapped, choked or physically hurt by a partner.
*As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.
*Seventy-four percent of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner (spouse, common-law spouse, ex-spouse, or boyfriend/girlfriend). Of these, 96 percent were females killed by their intimate partners.
So next weekend, I'm putting together one that does :-). A short (two-hour) workshop that mostly emphasizes awareness, avoidance and de-escalation with a little bit of very basic physical techniques, the curriculum is based on the National Women's Martial Arts Foundation's Self Defense Empowerment Model, which is eventually where I will seek certification. Unlike R.A.D., Fight Like a Girl and S.A.F.E. systems, dealing with acquaintance violence is a huge part of the program. I'm really excited and really nervous about it as well.
I'll let you know how it turns out :-)