Free Women's Personal Safety Program/Course

The SEPS (Situation Effective Protection System) Women's Self Defense Free Online Course, is a 9 module program that aims to introduce women to an array of subjects that concern their personal safety, from sexual assaults to potentially abusive partners (both emotionally and physically). Each module looks at a separate issue of self-protection and personal safety. At the end of the program, you should be empowered to predict, identify and avoid violent situations and the individuals who design and orchestrate them.

Before working through the 9 modules (our suggestion is to study one a week - there is a large amount of content and a lot of information to digest) it is advisable to first read the foundations section of the course as this introduces you to some fundamental concepts and principles that are referred to throughout the modules, and will help give you a better understanding of the module's content. To read this please click here.

This course isn't simply a list of do's and do not's, nor does it prescribe a set of safety rules you should follow, instead it looks at educating and empowering you, so that you are able to make dynamic risk assessments of the situations you find yourself in where harmful intent may be present. To learn more about the SEPS approach to personal safety/self-defense, and how if differs from most other systems of self-protection, please click here.

Each self-protection module will give you the information you need to help you predict, identify and avoid violence before it occurs. It will also provide you with a lot of background information as to why predatory and aggressive individuals act and behave the way they do. This information isn't given simply to increase your head knowledge around the subject, but so that you are better able to understand how and why you should respond to them and their threat in a certain way. The focus of the course is on understanding and adopting personal safety habits that will harden you as a target, and prevent you from appearing on predatory individual's radars, and if you are for whatever reason picked up and targeted, are able to understand their actions and behaviors which indicate that, they hav harmful intent towards you and that you are in danger. With this advance warning you can put into play strategies for extracating yourself from the situation.

For a brief synopsis of the different modules, please click here, or if you are ready to start the course by reading the "Foundations" module, please click here.

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Read About SEPS & Women's Personal Safety Course Creator Gershon Ben Keren

Gershon Ben Keren, is a personal safety expert, trainer/instructor and author, who has spent over 25 years working, working in the security industry. He is a co-creator/founder of the SEPS (Situation Effective Protection System), and the creator of the SEPS Women's Personal Safety Online course.

To learn more about the SEPS system, and framework for understanding violence, and what makes it different to other approaches of self-defense and self-protection, please click here. To read Gershon Ben Keren's biography, and to learn of the different services he offers, please click here.

How Safe Are You?

This is a brief 7 question quiz/survey, that assesses your personal safety knowledge. After completing it, the answers to the questions will be explained. It is completely anonymous and should take you less than 2 minutes to complete, and less than 5 minutes to read the answers. To take the quiz/survey click here

What Do You Know About Rape & Sexual Assault?

This is a survey that consists of 7 questions about Rape & Sexual Assaults, it should take you no more than a couple of minutes to complete. Answer it frankly and honestly, your answers are confidential, and nobody will be able to judge you as to your answers/results. After completing it, the different possible answers will be explained, so that you get accurate and informed feedback on your answers, whether right or wrong. click here

What Do You Think An Abusive Relationship Looks Like?

This is a short survey, consisting of 7 questions that look at different types of abusive relationship. it should take you no more than 2 minutes to complete. Your answers are confidential, and and after completing it, you will recieve feedback on your answers and an explanation as to the correct answers. To take the survey please click here

Stalking & Stalkers Survey

This short survey (7 questions), asks questions about stalking and stalkers. These surveys are extremely useful for us to get an idea as to what the common perceptions and misconceptions around these subject areas are. By taking a couple of minutes to complete it, you will help us to become more effective in the free training that we deliver. To take the survey please click here

Muggers & Mugging Survey

This is a short survey consisting of 7 questions that looks to find out your opinions and thoughts surrounding muggers and mugging scenarios.It should take you only a couple of minutes to complete and all the answers and different options are explained at the end. To take the survey please click here

De-escalation & Conflict Resolution

This short survey (7 questions) looks at de-escalation and conflict resolution, and aims to find out your thoughts regarding the best ways to accomplish both. To take the survey please click here.

Women's Personal Safety Course Modules

Below is a short synopsis of the different modules that make up this personal safety/self-protection course. Before reading them it is advised that you complete the foundational module (that can be accessed by clicking here), as this will introduce you to the SEPS (Situation Effective Protection System) framework and methodology, which is used in all of the subsequent modules.

Module 1. Rape & Sexual Assaults

This module introduces the student to the way sexual predators and rapists behave and act. How they select targets/victims and gain access to them. This session is not overly concerned with the different types/categories of sexual predators but the practical measures that can be taken so as not to be identified as a target, and the ways of identifying the behaviors and actions of would be sexual predators so that it is possible to disengage from them. The module also addresses some of the myths that surrounds rape and rapists. Click Here to read.

Module 2. Abusive Relationships

Prevention is far better than a cure, and in this module students are introduced to the warning signs that mark out potentially abusive partners (physical & non-physical) and ex-partners who may later go on to be stalkers. It may be that students are in the early stages of a relationship and will identify these signals in their partner, or it may be that they are trying to exit a relationship and these warning signs will be something that they can relate to and reinforce their case for leaving (it is not the aim of this module to offer advice on how to leave an abusive partner or resolve an abusive relationship). Click Here to read.

Module 3. Stalkers & Stalking

Stalking is a strange crime because it is determined by the way the victim/target perceives another person's actions and behaviors, rather than by those actions themselves. A person can make continuous phone calls, send emails, have gifts and packages delivered to another, and as long as that person doesn't feel at risk from these actions or mind them happening they should not be defined as stalking. When these actions and behaviors form a campaign, which causes the target/recipient of them to fear for/consider their personal safety then the term "stalking" can be applied. It is important to note that it is a string of activities committed over time rather than odd isolated incidents, which really define stalking. Click Here to read.

Module 4. OC/Pepper Spray

This module looks at the different types of defensive sprays that are available for personal protection. It looks at and discusses the different merits of these and their various delivery mechanisms e.g. sprays versus streams etc. as well as the effects that they have on an assailant. This module is a mix of video and text, and teaches you everything you need to know about selecting a spray and deploying it effectively. Click Here to read.

Module 5. Financial Predators

This module looks at how to behave when dealing with muggers and other financial predators (pickpockets and the like). Certain abduction scenarios are also covered, especially when a crime such as a mugging develops into an abduction and sexual assault etc. The primary aim of this section is to debunk several myths around street robberies and muggings and the way in which they should be handled and instead explain the modus operandi of the common mugger and how they should be dealt with. Click Here to read.

Module 6. Date/Acquaintance Rape

This module looks at personal safety when in a variety of social settings such as bars, pubs and clubs, as well as at parties and other social/public gatherings both at private and public venues. Rather than just looking at self-protection when in these settings this module will also look at safety issues around being out at night in general. This module will also focus in on date and acquaintance rape, and look at detection, avoidance and preventative measures that can be taken to avoid becoming the victim of such an assault. Click Here to read.

Module 7. Home & Car Security

This module looks at some distinct situations that a person may find themselves in, and/or have concerns/questions about. Although Home Invasions are rare, as is being at home when a burglary takes place etc. these are still incidents that do happen and concern people. This module looks at preventative measures that can be put in place around home and car security as well as how to non-physically deal with certain situations and scenarios should they occur. The situational factors and principles that are demonstrated in this module should translate across scenarios and situations and not be restricted just to those explained. Click Here to read.

Module 8. De-escalation

It is not only predatory individuals with pre-meditated plans to harm you that you need to be able to protect yourself from. Violence and aggression can erupt "spontaneously" due to situational factors e.g. you spill a drink over somebody, inadvertently take someone's parking space etc. Some of the people you will end up dealing with may be completely reactive in the way that they respond, that is they react in the moment to the situation, without having any goal or end game in mind. Such situations have the potential to be dealt with by verbal de-escalation, avoiding the need for any physical resolution. Click Here to read.

Module 9. Managing Fear

When we are placed in potentially dangerous situations our fear system kicks in and we become adrenalized. This cocktail of chemicals and hormones improves certain of our abilities and functions e.g. we become more tolerant to pain etc. and reduces others - we lose our peripheral vision and get tunnel vision etc. Most people rarely experience these sensations and so when they do they often panic or freeze. In this module we look at how to control the body's natural responses to fear and how to work with them in order to maximize their positive effects and improve our survival chances. Click Here to read.


Personal Safety & Security Training & Consultancy

Our company has a full range of training and consultancy services that we can bring to your corporation/enterprise. If you have concerns for your employees safety in either their professional or private lives, we can help you address the potential threats they may face, and teach both them and you how to reduce and eliminate any vulnerabilities that may exist - we also have e-learning packages and courses that can be used where on-site training is not an option etc. We have a long track record in delivering training in travel security, de-escalation and conflict resolution etc. To learn more, or to inquire about our consultancy services, please contact us, by clicking here.

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