S.A.F.E. Program


Self-defense Awareness & Familiarity Exchange

What is the S.A.F.E. Program?

  • S.A.F.E. (Self-defense Awareness & Familiarity Exchange) is a 2-hour educational awareness, crime prevention program that provides women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.  S.A.F.E. provides women with solid risk-reduction and personal safety-awareness information to incorporate into their everyday lives.
  • S.A.F.E. is specifically designed to teach women that "90% of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction, and avoiding confrontation; and only 10% is physical"; and focusing on both mental and physical preparedness, 'S.A.F.E.' provides women with solid public safety-awareness information to incorporate into their every day lives.

S.A.F.E. Serves a Dual Purpose:

  • To prevent crimes in our communities through programs of education training, focusing primarily on awareness and prevention;
  • To educate women about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape and survive assaults if they do occur.

What can I expect from S.A.F.E.?

  • S.A.F.E. begins with an introduction to personal safety and crime prevention measures, and is followed by a familiarization to 5 basic physical defense techniques. Participation in the S.A.F.E. program encourages you to think in terms of options and choices, develops your awareness and assertiveness skills and provides practice for physical self-defense techniques. S.A.F.E. serves as an opportunity to expand the way you think about violence prevention, help you deal with your fears, and enable you to feel more empowered in your life.

Who can participate?

  • The S.A.F.E. program is intended for women only. While we know anyone can experience harm, including sexual violence, our main goal is to assist women, the largest population who experience sexual violence, with risk-reduction strategies. After assessment of the S.A.F.E. program, we will continue to build in additional opportunities for all students to engage in risk-reduction and prevention programming.

Does it cost anything?

  • Some organizations charge a small adminstrative fee to cover the cost of course materials, however, S.A.F.E. at The University of Scranton is completely free! 

When is S.A.F.E. offered, and how can I attend a class?

  • The following classes have been scheduled for the fall semester:
    • Wednesday, October 4th 1pm in Brennan 509
    • Thursday, November 2nd 6pm in Brennan 509
    • Monday, December 11th6pm in Brennan 509
  • You may also email erica.armstrong@scranton.edu or call (570) 941-7880 to schedule a class for your specific club, sport, or organization!