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Avital Zeisler
Avital Zeisler is the founder of the self-defense Soteria Method for Women.

Entries by Avital Zeisler

The Real Heroes -- Standing Up to Sexual Predators

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:04 PM

In recent news reports, two stories have stood out for the heroic actions of victims of sexual predators.

In the first story, Lacie, a 13-year-old girl from Texas has come forward to warn other girls about how she was convinced by a 34-year-old man (posing as a teenage girl named...

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The Power of Care and Attachment in the Presence of Domestic Violence

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:57 PM

A report entitled Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children set out to examine some of the issues of domestic violence in the home and the impact of this violence on children. This report highlighted several key findings regarding the risks and challenges faced by...

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College Campus Safety: What Parents and Students Should Know

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Why Did Senators Gillibrand and McCaskill Bring Attention to College Campus Sexual Assaults?

In a letter penned to the Senate Committee Appropriations leaders, Senators Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and McCaskill (D-Miss.) called for an increase in the federal funding required for better investigation and appropriate enforcement of sexual assault laws. As stated...

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Perseverance in the Face of Violence

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Perseverance in the face of domestic violence is a wonder to behold. In some of the most horrifying situations, victims of violence find the courage and strength required to break the chains of degradation, humiliation and torment. As the abuser chips away at the victim's self-esteem, individuality, honor and identity,...

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Safety Tips for Exercising Outdoors

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Spring is here, and many of us are drawn outside for some well deserved fresh air and exercise. The following list outlines some very basic, common sense safety tips, so that you may enjoy your freedom and get in shape for summer.

1. Identification -- Carry some form of...

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Situational Awareness: A Key to Your Safety

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 5:08 PM

In simple terms, Situational Awareness is being more aware of your surroundings. The real question is, can you develop a sixth sense for danger, while still being able to enjoy each and every moment? This was my personal struggle when I was learning self-defense and when I learned how to...

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Intention... Preparation... Action... Results... Repeat!

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 3:12 PM

As we embark on a new year and ring in 2014, I want to talk about going beyond New Year's resolutions. I think it is great to set goals, but I think "goal setting" is only a half measure, at best. Many of us say we want to change things...

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Catharsis: My Poem

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:52 AM

The concept of catharsis was introduced by Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) in his Poetics, as a means to offer an outlet for powerful feelings through the relief provided by artistic activities.

Ca-thar-sis: The act or process of releasing a strong emotion (such as pity or fear) especially by expressing it...

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Keeping The Peace

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 6:07 PM

For most of us, the holiday season is a time to connect with family and friends; a time to create and honor traditions. But what about the approximate 4 million women who suffer physical abuse by an intimate partner annually or the nearly 80 percent of women who report that...

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry... With an Eye on Your Safety!

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:12 PM

The third installment of the series, Eat, Drink and be Merry...With an Eye on Your Safety! deals with traveling during the holiday season. As Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the holiday season, many of us travel far and wide to visit with family and friends. There are some basic safety tips...

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Eat, Drink and be Merry... With an Eye on Your Safety!

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Holiday parties offer us the opportunity to get all dressed up, hang out with friends, family and co-workers, and generally have a great time. These social events can be so much fun but unfortunately can also carry some threats to your safety.

Top 15 Ways to Increase Your Safety as...

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry... With an Eye on Your Safety!

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 2:55 PM

As the holiday season approaches we find ourselves in many situations where we have to be especially vigilant about our health and safety. We often get caught up in the revelry of numerous parties, social events and family obligations. There is also the preeminent drive towards getting all things done,...

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Female Survival Mindset

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 2:25 PM

I would say, with a great deal of certainty, that at some point in their lives, each and every woman has considered taking a self-defense class. But do they act on this thought?

Conceptually, we all know that the threat of violence exists in our daily lives. These threats include...

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I WAS a Victim of a Sexual Assault

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 11:45 AM

My name is Avital Zeisler and I WAS a victim of a sexual assault. I emphasize the past tense in WAS because I have journeyed far and away from the innocent teenage girl who trusted a man only to be attacked by this very Prince Charming.

I was a very...

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