S.A.F.E. Program

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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 participants 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 participants with solid risk-reduction and personal safety-awareness information to incorporate into their everyday lives.
  • S.A.F.E. is specifically designed to teach participants 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 participants 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 participants 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.

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:
    • Please check back for spring semester dates!
  • You may also email erica.armstrong@scranton.edu or call (570) 941-7880 to schedule a class for your specific club, sport, or organization!

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