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Sexual Assault – Reduce Your Odds

At IM-SAFE we have long stressed the importance of building a woman’s self-confidence by teaching a combination of critical verbal resistance skills along with last resort physical techniques. The following study provides additional insight University of Oregon sociologist Jocelyn Hollander designed a study that looked at the outcomes for 117 college students who took a self-defense course at their university, versus a control group of 169 students who did not. Out of all of those students, 75 from the original group and 108 from the control group agreed to take part in a follow-up interview. Although the study was not […]

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IM-SAFE® on “Fox & Friends” (3/12/13)

IM-SAFE’s Executive Vice President Jennifer G. Lownik appeared on the March 12th Fox&Friends segment “Should lawmakers decide how you defend yourself from attack?” about an exchange between a Colorado lawmaker and a rape victim at a gun control hearing. Watch the video below:

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Abuse & Advice: Resource Guide on Domestic Violence

Abuse & Advice: An Online Resource Guide on Domestic Violence What is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence refers to a pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain control over an intimate partner. Many people think of physical violence when they hear this term, but domestic violence also includes sexual abuse, financial abuse, emotional and mental abuse, and verbal abuse. Physical abuse involves hitting, punching, kicking, biting, and other physical behaviors used to control a partner. Sexual abuse refers to several different behaviors. Sexually abusive partners may force their partners to have sex or insist that their partners dress […]

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Stand TALL Against Abuse

Falling victim to assault or criminal attack is a devastating experience. Currently you might be the target of ongoing domestic violence, bullying or stalking. Perhaps the memories of past events are still with you today. Then again you could be feeling the impacts of physical or emotional abuse in the life of someone close to you. Regardless of your personal circumstances, the road to rebuilding trust and self-confidence can be a long and lonely journey. Survivors and thrivers often turn to national or regional organizations to request services ranging from counseling and legal assistance to sanctuary in a sheltered residence. […]

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You Should Carry Pepper Spray

“Why? Because it works …and that’s why police officers carry it every day,” said Dennis Golden, CEO of IM-SAFE®, a Simsbury based business focused on Keeping Women And Those They Love Safe℠. Just look at what users say: “I can personally attest to the effectiveness of law enforcement level pepper spray – it is the most devastatingly effective chemical agent I have had the unfortunate opportunity to experience. Whether quelling a disturbance or jogging after work I carry it with me all the time.” “In my experience, a quality pepper spray has proven to be extremely effective against very hostile […]

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Keeping An Eye Out For Sneakers ?

In response to our recent posting on the The Dangerous Thing Women Do, Sandy Long, author and professional long haul driver sent this back to us. We wanted to share her insights. 
“Because I travel to many locations, some of which can be questionable, I am often asked is “how do you know your are in a ‘bad’ neighborhood?” 
 First it’s important to remember that criminal activity can happen anywhere. Some things to watch for are: protective gates on doors or windows, empty buildings and gang graffiti. When you combine that with people just standing around, chances are you […]

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The Dangerous Thing Women Do

Depending on location, time of day or the time of year, the outcome of your actions can be life threatening. This is not something that may happen to you.  This is something that will happen to you and to everyone you love.   Fortunately, a bit of planning and preparation can dramatically change the outcome of your unplanned adventure. How many times have you seen a family member jump in a car and leave the house with little or no money, no coat or cell phone?  How many times have you seen a member of your family “ just run out […]

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The Paradox of Women’s Self-Defense

HI DENNIS AND JEN, I wanted to share this story with you. I was living in San Francisco with a friend having left my hometown to be out on my own. One day I met a man while at a cafe. He made me feel very comfortable and we began a conversation. Knowing I was new to the area he suggested visiting Golden Gate Park. When we got on the bus, the first thing I should have noticed, (first warning) was the bus driver kept looking in his rear view mirror at us. When we got off the bus, the driver […]

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Criminal Attack Foiled by Blinds

A while back Susan W. discovered that words and attitude matter. Stopping a crime before it happens is always better than trying to come up with a plan while facing an attacker. Here is her personal story. Hi Dennis and Jen: I agree on the confronting and yelling.  I came home from work one night at around 2 a.m. and went right to bed. I lie there in bed and started falling asleep and then heard a noise outside my bedroom window. I listened intently until I determined that someone was opening the window. There were blinds over the window […]

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Learn How To Use Defensive Communication

Its always fun when we get a letter like this… Hi Dennis and Jen. Not long ago many people thought it was odd for a woman to be a police officer, a plumber or fire fighter.  Stranger still was the thought that women could fly military aircraft or drive trucks. That got me thinking … what allows some women to accomplish their goals while others struggle or live in fear?  To me the answer is obvious. Successful women know when you deal with men and life in general you must think of yourself as an equal competitor. Women need to know what […]

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