Sexual Assault Prevention: 1 in 6

1-in-6%20copy.jpg44% of victims are under age 18

80%    are under age 30

What can we do?  

Be prepared.  Getting training, building oneself up mentally and emotionally, gaining confidence, having a few good, go to moves.   Being trained in avoidance, in knowing what one will do or not do.  

I have worked with so many women, and girls, AFTER they have been assaulted.   I am currently of the opinion, that self-defense training, and foundations in education regarding prevention ought to be as common as learning to swim.   After all, what if the stats were 1 in 6 females will fall into water and drown?  I mean even with training, assault can happen --- just as some strong swimmers drown in some situations.   However, I wish i could give every girl, and boy for that matter a fighting chance, as it were.

If you want to learn more about self-defense, and rape prevention training please feel free to contact me at (206) 230-9050  or email me :,  or find more resources at our website:

by the way the stats above are from the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network.   you can find them at this link, for more great information.

About the Author:
MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts. She is a 7th Dan Master Instructor. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling. She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect. Respect for oneself, others, and the community.

(MIMA), located on Mercer Island between Bellevue and Seattle in Washington is celebrating 24 years on the island in 2021. MIMA's curriculum is intentionally designed to build fitness, flexibility, self-defense, as well as to create a milieu that engenders physical and psychological growth, respect, courage, community activism and leadership.

MIMA has programs for families to practice side by side, as well as adult, teen, and children's classes. Also offers before and after school, and summer camp programs for kids.

You can contact through email:; calling 206 230-9050.

The school is located at:
2630 77th Ave SE #106-108 Mercer Island, WA 98040
Parking free under the building.

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  • Thank you for your dedication and caring soul Master Strongheart. 

    Every person should be aware and educated on how to keep themselves as safe as possible.  

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