Teaching Sexual Assault Survivors who are Military Veterans, with Joanne Factor at SDIC-ST 2011

14 04 2011

Joanne Factor came to ST as a trainer for the first time in 2005, and spent the next 4 years on the NWMAF Board as our very first Director-at-Large for Self Defense! This year she returns as both an ST trainer and SDIC presenter.

Joanne is a mild-mannered university budget wrangler by day, and dedicated to helping women and girls discover their strongest selves by evening and weekend. Joanne has been training at Seattle’s Feminist Karate Union for over 18 years, and has been owner of Strategic Living Safety and Self-Defense since 2003. A nidan in both traditional Shito-ryu Kotaka-ha Karate and Kobudo, Joanne teaches adult women’s and kids’ karate classes, and has expanded FKU’s children’s programming to local elementary schools. As owner and principal trainer of Strategic Living, Joanne teaches self-defense skills to ages 5 to 75, students and sorority sisters, homeless women and business executives, and everyone in between. Joanne has taught at PAWMA Camp and Special Training 2005, and has served on the Boards of both organizations. She is an NWMAF-Certified Self-Defense Instructor, and a member of AWMAI and AAU.  Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Joanne holds a BA from Cornell University, surrounds herself with many furry feline friends, and was named Seattle’s Best Feminist Butt-Kicker in 2007 by the Seattle Weekly.

We are honored to have Joanne present a session at SDIC on teaching self-defense to women survivors of sexual assault who are also military veterans.  Please see Joanne’s workshop description, below, and register today at www.NWMAF.org

“Teaching Special Populations: When Your Sexual Assault Survivor is also a Military Veteran,” with Joanne Factor

You’ve seen the news articles, maybe heard some stories from your own students and friends.  Sexual assault against women in military service is being called “epidemic” in the media.  And there are fewer avenues for redress – and more risks around reporting – for women in military service than for civilian women.

Almost a third of all women who have been sexually assaulted will develop some symptoms of long-term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); female military veterans face unique risk factors that affect their diagnosis and subsequent treatment. While there is a lot that both civilians and women in the military share when it comes to sexual assault and PTSD, there are also significant distinctions that self-defense instructors need to understand to better serve these women. In this seminar you’ll look at the kinds of situations that are more likely to give rise to chronic PTSD, circumstances specific to women veterans, and the Seattle Veterans Administration Medical Center’s (VAMC) treatment protocol, Taking Charge. You will engage in some of the exercises done by Taking Charge participants.  And you may even challenge yourself to dig into your own beliefs about the military and those who serve.

This material is drawn from Joanne Factor’s seven years of experience with the Taking Charge team, led by Drs. Wendy David and Ann Cotton, at Seattle’s VAMC as the Self-Defense Physical Skills Instructor and co-author of the Taking Charge Therapists’ Treatment Manual.




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