Clara Porter, SDIC, More Than a Few Good Men…

19 04 2011

We have an outstanding line up of presenters for this summer’s Self Defense Instructor’s Conference, and we look forward to seeing you all there!  Clara Porter, MSW, who co-taught last year’s Self-Defense Empowerment Model Course with Joy Williamson, is returning this year as an SDIC presenter.  Clara is the Founder and Program Director of Prevention. Action. Change. in Portland, Maine, and the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator at the University of Southern Maine.  The USM Campus Safety Project promotes healthy relationships and the skills to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence.  This project supported the formation of a Men Creating Change chapter and has worked extensively with male athletes and Greeks.

Clara has extensive training in violence prevention programming for children, youth, and adults, and has been teaching in the field since 1994.  She trained in both karate and self-defense instruction at the Center for Anti-Violence Education in Brooklyn, New York, and is an NWMAF certified self defense instructor.  Clara is also certified in Advanced Trauma First Aide, a crisis intervention and healing approach she uses frequently in her classes.

Clara will be presenting a workshop about how to engage men and boys as activists and allies in our work.  Please see her workshop description, below, and go to the NWMAF website to register for SDIC-ST 2011 today!  Print out an SDIC-ST 2011 brochure or flier to share with your friends, colleagues, and martial arts sisters!  We can’t wait to see you in July!

“Engaging Men and Boys as Activists and Allies,” with Clara Porter

Yes, 95% of perpetrators of sexual assault are straight men.  But 94% of men will never perpetrate this crime.  So what is their role?  To work to promote change.  Come discuss and experience ways to engage men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against women.  Challenge the dominant story of masculinity, and help to formulate a counter story. Learn about the research of David Lisak on “The Undetected Rapist.”  Check out what is happening on college campuses and in young adult programs to engage men as activists and allies in this work.

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