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NCJ Number: 98965 Find in a Library
Title: Take a Stand - An Elderly Victim Goes to Court
Author(s): J Bosch
Corporate Author: Terra Nova Films
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Sponsoring Agency: Filmakers Library
New York, NY 10016
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Terra Nova Films
Chicago, IL 60643
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Filmakers Library
124 E 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film portrays the emotional reaction of women to attack and emphasizes that all women can learn to defend themselves.
Abstract: All women, especially the elderly and the alone, feel the threat of violence and are aware of it on an almost daily basis. A self-defense training program does more than just instruct women in the techniques necessary for self protection. Women have reported that class participation alleviates deep feelings of fear and anger, improves their self perception and image, yields an awareness that they are not confined to roles not of their choosing, and gives them a feeling of inner strength and the ability to control their own space. Some of the portrayed women expressed doubts and feelings of failure related to the start of the training but indicated afterwards they were able to learn a lot about themselves. The class methodology focuses on determination, will, standing up for oneself, and not giving up.
Index Term(s): Female victims; Films; Self defense; Self defense training; Self evaluation
Note: 16 mm, 25 minutes in length, color, also available videocassette, 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch. Rental is available from sales source.
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