SAAM%202012%20logo-tagline-web.jpgSince this is sexual assault awareness month, I want to spend some time on education here on our online-dojang. 

Let's start with a baseline definition:

Sexual violence means that someone forces or manipulates someone else into unwanted sexual activity without their consent.   Reasons someone might not consent include fear, age, illness, disability, and/or influence of alcohol or other drugs.  Consent can be initially given and later withdrawn.

Sexual violence is a crime that comes in many forms, including forced intercourse, sexual contact or touching, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and exposure or voyeurism.

Keep in mind that sexual violence is never the victim's fault.  Regardless of what she or he is wearing, doing, or if either person was drinking, or if there is a relationship between both people.  Sex without consent is rape.

(National Sexual Violence Resource Center 2012)

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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
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