• Yehudit Sidikman

It's Not Our Fault: Committing to the Process of Healing




The ability to walk through a traumatic event that happens to us and say, "This was not my fault. I did want I could to keep myself as safe as possible. It was beyond my control. I am committed to the process of healing," is a beautiful thing.


This was not my fault. I did want I could to keep myself as safe as possible. It was beyond my control. I am committed to the process of healing,

For so many of us, saying those words is incredibly hard, and believing them is even harder. We are socialized to believe that harm done to us is our fault, and often we internalize these beliefs with phrases like, "If only I had" or "I should have."


Even people close to us are socialized to believe it's our fault and our responsibility to have done something differently.


Empowerment Self Defense helps people realize they are worth fighting for, that it is not their fault, and that the tools they have used to keep themselves safe up until now are valuable and honorable.


Empowerment Self Defense helps people realize they are worth fighting for, that it is not their fault, and that the tools they have used to keep themselves safe up until now are valuable and honorable.

I can't help but wonder what the world would look like if people were encouraged to know this deep in their core.

Can Empowerment Self Defense training erase all of the trauma we've experienced in our lives?


No, not exactly.


But it can rewire our brains in ways that help us heal, see ourselves differently, and begin a new journey into personal safety.


Can Empowerment Self Defense training prevent certain traumas in some cases?


It certainly can. Check out MyPwr’s 100 days #100SucessStories campaign for some powerful and inspiring examples.



Can Empowerment Self Defense training help us believe in ourselves, develop resilience, and help us heal?


Absolutely. We are all unique, so we all come away from ESD training with a unique and personalized set of skills. We encounter so many stories in our community that show just that.

What has helped you develop resilience?

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