S.A.F.E (Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange)
The S.A.F.E. Message
"If you were targeted for a violent attack, you are only guaranteed there will be one person there to defend you and that person is you… YOU are your best defense."
- To prevent crimes of sexual violence in our communities through programs of education and training, focusing primarily on awareness and prevention;
- To educate women about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape, and survive assaults if they do occur.
NSDI's 'S.A.F.E.' PROGRAM is an initiative to STOP Violence Against Teenage and Adult Women.
'S.A.F.E.'(an acronym for Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) is an unparalleled 2-hour educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program – encompassing Strategies, Techniques, Options, and Prevention – that provides teenage & adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.
Teaching that "90% of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction, and avoiding confrontation; and only 10% is physical"; and focusing on both mental and physical preparedness, 'S.A.F.E.' provides women with solid public safety-awareness information to incorporate into their every day lives.
Within 8 months of its March 2000 launch, 'S.A.F.E.' won the Miami-Dade LEO (Law Enforcement Officers) Foundation awarded in the 'Safety' category for the Miami Beach Police Department. Responding to the program's successes, NSDI was invited to introduce 'S.A.F.E.' in a one-hour presentation at the national meeting of Directors representing 32 Regional Community Policing Institutes (RCPI) funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)in Washington, D.C. And NSDI is proud to be included among their resources.
The S.A.F.E. program is instructed by individuals from the Safety Department: Cindy Burger, Director of Investigations, Compliance & Training and Liz Williams, Safety Officer. The program is a two-hour session that includes classroom instructional familiarization with what physical self-defense is about, a video and “stun and run” techniques that are easily learned by attendees.
The class provides effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and well-being. S.A.F.E. is not a martial arts program.
The class is provided to Messiah University women only and is limited to 10-12 females per session. Sessions will be held periodically throughout each semester and will be announced through campus wide emails. However, if you have a group of friends that are interested in participating in the program or about setting up a class for your floor, email Cindy Burger at firstname.lastname@example.org. The class is FREE and very worthwhile; who knows, it may save your life some day!!