Campus Safety & Women's Self-Defense
We offer several programs concerning Campus Safety for woman, please click on the one, that you are interested in:
Each year, July/August we offer a free campus safety seminar. This seminar looks directly at campus safety and the types of threats and dangers that young women, attending college and university safe, whether it’s from sexual predators (women in the US are more likely to be sexually assaulted or raped if they attend university than if they don’t – a potentially high cost to pay for an education) operating in social settings, such as parties, study groups etc. or fellow students with a criminal bent, who won’t think twice about stealing or burglarizing those around them.
This is not a seminar where attendees are taught a list of do’s and don’ts or a set of rules, that criminals and predatory individuals know how to circumvent and use against us, but rather an education into the way that such individuals think and operate, and the methods that they use etc. Attendees, will learn how to predict, prevent and identify violent situations before they occur, and what to do when such situations are unavoidable. The physical component of the seminar, will teach simple, effective and proven techniques that will increase any person’s survival chances.
Dates Not Yet Set For 2018 Free Campus Safety Seminar
click here If you are over 18 and want to sign up for the SEPS free Campus Safety Seminar
If you are under 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian, sign you up for the SEPS Free Campus Safety Seminar. They can do so by clicking here
Below is a 15 minute clip taken at the 2017 SEPS Free Annual Campus Safety Seminar, where Head Instructor, Gershon Ben Keren, talks about some of the ways that rapes and sexual assaults on campus happen, and how it is possible to identify the warning signs of a predatory individual.
One of the greatest defenses a woman can have against being sexually assaulted is age, as Anna C Salter, a profiler and predictor of sexual assaults says, "The statistics for rape tell a very odd story. Women are least safe at home and least safe with friends, acquaintances, and family...the best thing we can do to protect ourselves is grow older." Being the target of sexually aggressive behavior and Sexual assault is something women are most at risk of during their teenage years and those of their early 20's. In a study by Koss, Gidycz, and Wisniewki (1987), 54% of women reported having been the target of some form of sexual victimization, including sexual coercion as well as attempted and actual rape, since they were age 14. The study also backs up the opening statement about women being least safe with friends and acquanitances, as 54% of women who were raped were sexually assaulted whilst on a date and overall 84% knew their attackers.
University and Campus life can afford young people a rich opportunity to enjoy new freedoms and take responsibility for their own life without the presence of parents and other adults. Often young women are equipped with incorrect ideas and outdated knowledge about the ways in which sexual predators operate. They are told to avoid walking home late at night, to avoid talking to strangers etc and whilst this is all good advice is does little to protect them against the seemingly "nice friend" who has other plans for them beyond helping them with their studies or going out for a quiet drink with them - niceness is a learnt behavior it is not a character trait and this means that those who wish us harm can pretend and act otherwise.
Sexual Predator's live their lives on a 24 by 7 basis, looking for a way to gain access to their targets/victims and this is usually by stealth and guile rather than by outright force. On the contrary most young people spend little more than a few moments thinking about the possibility of being sexually assaulted and when they do so they concentrate on the assault itself and not on the ways they could have possibly prevent it, identify it and disengage from it. Whilst we teach physical solutions to sexual assault we also teach the preventative measures that allow a person to avoid becoming the target in the first place.
Our system doesn't simply prescribe a list of do's and don'ts (the people that you are trying to protect yourself from know this list too) but instead teach young women the skills they need to predict, prevent and identify violence before it occurs. This is the idea of self-protection.
We educate young women as to the methods that sexual predators use (including date/acquaintance rapists) and how to identify the steps that are taken in order for them to identify their victim and then put their potential target into such a disadvantageous situation that it is unlikely that they will even fight back - this is why simply teaching physical self-defense rarely works. We combine our physical self-defense training with the appropriate head knowledge and situational training that allows young women to make sense of what is happening from the first moment and gives them the time to disengage before the situation turns physical.
We don't just discuss the extreme cases of violence against women such as rape and sexual assault but look at partner abuse both verbal and physical and the different directions that these forms of aggression can take. We inform women how to spot the early warning signs as well as how to act in, and end an abusive relationship, without developing a stalker or future sexual assaulter.
We conduct all our training in a calm and reassuring manner. We talk openly and don't shy away from the hard subjects. We are not about inciting panic, paranoia or hysteria around young women's self-defense but about informing and educating young women concerning the dangers they may face and how to prevent and avoid them.
This is a free 6 module online campus safety course for young women either at university, or about to go to university. It's aim is to educate the reader as to how violent and dangerous situations develop, both on and off campus, and how certain crimes such as thefts and burglaries, occur and can be prevented. Each year, we hold a special free seminar, for young women who are about to go to college for the first time. Please click here to see when the next seminar is.
To look at a particular module's details, please use the tabs below, or if you would rather just visit the site itself click here.
- Foundations Of Personal Safety
- 1. Rape & Sexual Assaults
- 2. Abusive Relationships
- 3. Thefts & Robberies
- 4. Online Safety & Security
- 5. Deescalating Dangerous Situations
- 6. Safety When Socializing
One in five, female students are raped or sexually assaulted, whilst at college or university. This number is believed to be on the low side as many victims of sexual assaults, don't report their assailants because they either know them and don't want to get them into trouble, believing that they may have lead them on and actually be to blame for their assault, or because they don't think that their is enough evidence for them to be believed. As a result many victims of rape drop out of college/university and forego their education.
This module looks at the methods rapists and sexual assailants use to gain access to their victims, and the ways they orchestrate situations so that the people they target, end up complying with their demands and requests before being assaulted. By the end of this module you should be able to identify the tactics and methods they employ, and be able to predict sexual assaults before they happen. To read more please click here.
College & University years, are usually the ones where individuals, engage in their first serious and often long term relationships. However not everyone who at first glance appears to be good boyfriend material is. We may believe that we are good judges of character, however often abusive partners, whether they are emotionally or physically abusive, don't properly reveal who they are until they are much more comfortable in the relationship. By this time it may be much harder to end the relationship without unnecessary consequences. Learning to identify what the warning signs are with such individuals is an important skill to have.
This module also looks at stalkers and stalking. This is because many abusive partners end up stalking their ex-partners after the break up of the relationship. The motivations and methods of stalkers are detailed along with ways to deal with them. To read more please click here.
It is easy to forget when you first move away from home, whether on or off campus, that you are living with and are surrounded by strangers, and people you don't know very well. The casual approach that you may have taken back home concerning your property when you didn't have to think so much about security, may see you at risk of losing your possessions and belongings. This module looks at ways to keep your items safe and not having to make costly replacements.
This module also looks at muggers and street robberies that may occur both on and off campus. The process that muggers and similar criminals use, to identify locations in which to work, and their vistim selection process is explained - along with what to do if you have to deal with a mugging incident/situation. With the knowledge you learn in this module you should be able to predict and avoid being the victim this type of crime. To read more please click here.
Social Media is a powerful way to both express yourself and keep in touch with friends and what's going on in their lives, however it is both easy to inadvertently damage your reputation and put yourself at risk without realizing you are doing so. This module looks at certain situations and incidents where college students and others have damaged their reputations, losing jobs and scholarships, have caused pain and humiliation to others, and have done things which jeopardized their personal safety.
By the end of this module you should have a better idea of social media best practices, and how to interact with both your devices and social media sites in a safer manner. To read more please click here.
Not all violence is committed by predatory individuals who plan and orchestrate their assaults, some acts of aggression and violence are spontaneous in their nature e.g. if you spill a drink over somebody, jump a queue, step on somebody's foot, these are all things which may result in the individual becoming angry and aggressive. It is not that they came to the situation with the intent of causing you harm, rather it is something you have done, or that they think you have done which has caused them to act aggressively towards you.
In these types of situation it is usually possible to deescalate an aggressor and avoid a physical confrontation. This module will explain when and where deescalation is appropriate and when it is not, and the best process for getting someone to not use violence against you. To read more please click here.
Even if you are not a party animal or somebody who is into large social gatherings and events, it will be hard to go through your university and campus life without attending a few of these types of events. Whilst parties and similar are things to be enjoyed, there are unfortunately individuals in our society who derive their pleasure from causing harm, embarrassment and humiliation to others. This is why it is important to learn how to keep ourselves safe at these times so we can properly enjoy these types of events.
In this module you will learn about group dynamics, and how people act and think in a group, and how it is not always safe to conform to the way the group is acting and behaving. You will also learn when parties can become dangerous, and/or when individuals are targeting you for some form of assault or incident. To read more please click here.
Self-Protection Google Talks
SEPS Head Instructor has presented two author talks at Google (one in 2015 and another in 2017). In these talks/presentation he goes through the different processes and methods that criminals and predators use to target and access their victims, and how to predict, prevent and identify them, along with ways to de-escalate aggresive individuals etc.
Gershon Ben Keren 2015 Google Talk
Gershon Ben Keren 2017 Google Talk
Anthony Brooks NPR Interview
In 2013, NPR/WBUR Journalist, Anthony Brooks, visited Krav Maga Yashir Boston, to talk to Head Instructor & SEPS Founder, Gershon Ben Keren, about violent situations where compliance may not be the best option - this was in response to the express kidnapping and murder of Amy Lord in South Boston. In this 15 minute interview, Gershon Ben Keren, talks about different types of violent crime and how to deal with them. To listen to the interview click here.
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