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Self Défense

Yagana Shah

WATCH: Seniors Bypass Karate In Favor Of 'Cane Fu' | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty

They may be old, but they are mighty. And you definitely don't want to mess with these empowered elders. Seniors are learning to defend themselves...

Off-Duty Cop Opens Fire During Fender Bender Dispute

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A police sergeant is under investigation by the San Francisco Police Department after shooting another motorist while off duty when a fender bender d...

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

Avital Zeisler | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Avital Zeisler

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 in our lives, but we often do not follow through with measurable, concrete actions.

Violence: Best Practices, Awareness, Mitigation and Response

Larry Yatch | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Larry Yatch

I'd like to offer 10 lessons for you to start your journey to gaining that confidence:

"I Didn't Mean to Kill Renisha McBride." But Does it Matter?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

While accidents are commonplace, many can have legal consequences. Spilling hot coffee, slipping and falling, and the often-occurring automobile "fender bender" may cause injury to people and property and result in lawsuits seeking monetary damages. But some accidents are far more serious.

Top 15 Ways to Increase Your Safety as You Hop From Party to Party

Avital Zeisler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Women
Avital Zeisler

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.

Female Survival Mindset

Avital Zeisler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Avital Zeisler

I'm sure most of us can recall a time when we felt that we had managed to avoid a potentially violent incident and breathed a little sigh of relief. Rather than hoping we are one of the lucky ones (and not a statistic), we must act and take control of our own safety.

Sexual Assault & Traveling: How to Overcome

Kelly Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Kelly Lewis

Our mission is to empower women to travel the world, and to give them the tools they need to stay safe. People are mostly good, and experiences abroad are mostly positive. Be aware while traveling, but don't forget to enjoy all of the beauty and wonder that comes with taking on the world.

I WAS a Victim of a Sexual Assault

Avital Zeisler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Avital Zeisler

I was either going to lose myself and hide under my covers forever or I was going to face my fear. I chose to face this traumatic experience with courage, strength and plain old guts. I needed a new focus; something that would help me to deal with the negativity and despair -- I took a self defense class.

U.S. Self-Defense Laws Result In More Justifiable Homicides

Reuters | Barbara Liston | Posted 09.18.2013 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Killings deemed justifiable rose sharply in states where Stand Your Ground self-defense laws allow individuals who claim ...

Avoiding Every Woman's Worst Nightmare

Allison Leotta | Posted 10.13.2013 | Crime
Allison Leotta

We all have built-in alarm systems. You know that hair-standing-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck feeling. Listen to it. Get out of a situation where you feel something is off -- even if you can't articulate why.

Stand Your Ground Laws or License to Kill Without a Cause?

John Rosenthal | Posted 10.06.2013 | Crime
John Rosenthal

There is no question in my mind that gun ownership is a right in the U.S. But with that right come responsibilities and psychological consequences that are different for everyone.

Elizabeth Warren Questions 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the recently sworn in Ed Markey (D-Mass.) suggested on Monday that state "Stand Your Ground" self-defense laws sh...

"Stand Your Ground"? Whose Ground?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, the law -- and the fear....

Dems Pressure Scott On 'Stand Your Ground'

Reuters | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

(Updates with Florida governor meeting demonstrators in Tallahassee) By Tom Brown FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 18 (Reute...

Key Mistakes Sway Jury in Zimmerman Trial

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 09.17.2013 | Crime
Marjorie Cohn

Sanford police officer Chris Serino, the chief investigator on the case, testified that, given all the evidence, he believed Zimmerman was telling the truth. It is well-established that witnesses cannot make credibility judgments.

Post-Zimmerman Verdict: What About That NSA Scandal and Snowden?

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

For the most part, those who are most strenuously protesting their civil liberties being trampled upon by the NSA will never be subjected to the experiences I've had to deal with.

Lament From a White Father

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Death is horrible enough. But systematic injustice -- one that allows white boys to assume success, yet leads black boys to cower from the very institutions created to protect our own wellbeing -- is a travesty.

The New American Way

Evan Handler | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Evan Handler

What do I think about Trayvon Martin's death? I think the people who passed the laws, as they stand in Florida, made his death inevitable. If not his, certainly someone else's.

What You May Not Know About the Zimmerman Verdict: The Evolution of a Jury Instruction

Alafair Burke | Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices
Alafair Burke

That may have been the moment when Zimmerman got acquitted. The end result was that jurors were told only about the parts of Florida self-defense law that benefited the defendant, without knowing anything about the most relevant potential limitation.

Zimmerman Verdict Exposes Deficiencies in U.S. Self-Defense Law

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 09.13.2013 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

Those who believe George Zimmerman should have been found guilty, and those who believe the verdict was correct, share the same somber feeling that something is wrong. Zimmerman was morally wrong, but he prevailed in a legal sense.

Both Jury and Nation Deliberate a Tragedy, Albeit Separately

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 09.11.2013 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

The George Zimmerman murder trial is among the most closely watched criminal trials in recent memory. However, a crucial aspect of the trial, the jury instructions, hide in plain sight despite the wall-to-wall television coverage.

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Quinn's Self-Defense

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliot Armand Glenn

In response to vicious hate crimes against LGBT New Yorkers, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn is sponsoring an insulting series of classes in "street smarts" and self-defense. As a policy response to these tragedies, Quinn's offer is inadequate and inappropriate.

The Seconds That Matter

Jahaziel Iracheta | Posted 06.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Jahaziel Iracheta

If criminals have guns, I don't see why I can't have one either. It's for defense. You can't rely on cops because they're there after the crime has happened -- not in the seconds that matter.