Due to new mandates from the federal government, colleges and universities are more proactive about criminal violence than in the past. Yet the quality of self-defense programs has not improved nearly enough.
Teaching people to protect themselves from sexual violence takes skill, sensitivity, and expertise. College administrators and everyone else committed to student safety should ensure that self-defense programs are relevant and well-taught.
Martial arts can be helpful in self-defense, but 95% of most classes are spent learning traditional, dance like routines that pretend to act out a self-defense situation against multiple attackers. The only problem is, there are attackers. Just air.