A UO sociologist finds that women who took a ten-week self-defence training were significantly less likely to experience unwanted sexual contact than those who didn’t.
“Walking into a bar the other night, a man grabbed the back of my cowgirl hat and when I turned around [he] continued to screw with it. I looked him in the eye and said ‘We don’t know each other. Don’t touch me.’ This is huge for me, I didn’t used to look men in the eye, and most often when I say things, it’s too quiet for people to hear.”
The young woman telling this story had taken a thirty-hour self-defence class at her university. She was reporting back, a year later, on her experiences since taking this course.
Her story is part of a study designed by UO sociologist Jocelyn Hollander that looks at the outcomes for 117 college students who received this self-defence training versus a control group of 169 students who did not. Of those, seventy-five from the first group and 108 from the second agreed to take part in a follow-up survey or interview.