• Yehudit Zicklin-Sidikman

Too Drunk? Then NO!!!



📷 Image credit: Anat Errel, El HaLev Instructor


I know that I shouldn't write when I am angry. None-the-less.....


I spend my life looking for the perfect metaphors to help people understand why learning/teaching Empowerment Self Defense is so important. I truly wish I didn't have to.


So here it is straight out:


We teach everyone, no matter how big or small, young or old, who comes into our classes that not only do they deserve respect, they are obligated to give it to all others. We are teaching people how to defend themselves from violence knowing that by learning these skills, they are much less likely to commit violence.


Why? Because they buy into the fundamental belief that no one has the right to cause harm to another. Period. They want it for themselves, and by accepting that, they know that they will treat others in the same fashion.


This is why we call it, "building safer communities!"

This is why we call it, "building safer communities!"

When communities are educated in a way that honors respect, consent, and appropriate behavior, those who do not abide by those principles need to find other places to be their horrible selves.


Hopefully, if one day, they see that NO community will put up with that type of behavior, maybe, just maybe, they will give it up and lead a healthier and happier life.


As long as we allow violence and inappropriate behavior to fester in our communities, it will be the unchecked cancer that it is. And it will continue to grow and harm and kill.


It is not enough for good people to keep on doing good quietly within their private lives. Taking advantage of someone who is incapable of responding or defending themselves, or consenting is just evil.


Taking advantage of someone who is incapable of responding or defending themselves, or consenting is just evil.

Guess what? Taking advantage of someone, period, is evil. Yet, somehow it has become business as usual.


Maybe that is the core of the problem?