State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Empowerment and Healing through Self-Defense

Episode #4: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by Toni Crossen, LMFT and  Denise Leto, former women’s self-defense instructors to talk about how learning to protect yourself supports mental health and wellness. In recent months our country has erupted in conversation, bringing sexual assault to the forefront. Denise and Toni share personal stories of women who were able to avert attack, and how through effective training women can learn violence prevention techniques and how to enhance their personal safety. Recent research shows that 80% of teen sexual assault victims experience mental health problems persisting months and even years after the event. Over the more than 20 years that Toni & Denise taught women and trained instructors, they saw women processing past trauma, becoming freed up from prior symptoms and becoming more empowered and confident in all areas of their lives. Toni and Denise share their experiences and guidance about what to look for in a good self-defense program as well as community resources.

Broadcast: 3/3/19

Special thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing and donating the use of our theme music. And to Lauren Fein for her production expertise and assistance.

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Her Wits About Her, Self Defense Success Stories by Women, edited by Denise Caignon and Gail Groves

City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
Who’s Vision is: To end sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in the City of Santa Cruz through prevention, programs, and public policy.

Link to: Complete Resource & Terminology Guide
compiled by Denise Leto, Nov. 2018