Women need to increase their ability to detect risk in men’s behaviour and their confidence in asserting their rights. They will learn, and become more willing to use, the most effective verbal and physical strategies for defending themselves. Importantly, these changes will be accomplished while substantially decreasing women’s (already relatively low) beliefs in rape myths and woman-blaming.
Study results show that attending women were 46 per cent less likely to experience rape and 63% less likely to experience attempted rape or other forms of sexual assault in the next year.
This program focuses on sexual assault by acquaintances and adds to women’s existing strength, knowledge and skills. It provides space for them to explore their sexual and relationship goals and desires. It reinforces, with knowledge and skills, their rights to seek and engage in sex they do want, to resist sex they don’t want and to fight back against threats to their bodily integrity.
GM Le Hanie is never prescriptive. The goal is to increase women’s options physically and verbally so that they are able to function fully and without fear.