Elemental is a sexual assault protection program that offers realistic training for realistic situations. This program:
Posted on May 5th, 2014
Campus sexual assault has been getting a great deal of press coverage recently. This is, in part, in response to increased federal efforts to combat campus sexual assault – efforts that are related to Title IX legislation, the Cleary Act, the SaVE Act, and the recently-established White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The Task Force is currently examining ways to lower rates of assault, exploring options for helping colleges and high schools keep students safe, and highlighting best practices among prevention programs.
Importantly, not only is Elemental a program that uses best practices, but one of its directors – Mellisa Holtzman – is also among a select group of researchers and program representatives who were recently invited to the White House for a briefing hosted by the Task Force. It was Mellisa’s distinct pleasure to represent Elemental in Washington, DC in April, 2014. During the briefing, a number of key individuals, including the Secretaries of the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services as well as Vice President Joe Biden, talked about the “Not Alone” Task Force report, the newly-established compliance website, the current recommendations for universities, and the response and reporting requirements that will be forthcoming. We are pleased that Elemental can contribute to efforts aimed at keeping college students safe from sexual assault.
The scenarios... all felt very real for me. As a survivor of intimate partner violence, I thought those situations were much more helpful than many of the stranger-rape cases in past self-defense classes I’ve taken.
I really enjoyed your "no pressure" approach and it allowed me to actually try the techniques without feeling uncomfortable.
I also appreciated that we were given the opportunity to try things that we might actually experience in real life with the couches and the beds.
I would 100% recommend this class to others; in fact, I already have. It flows really well, it's very informative, it doesn’t tiptoe around the subjects, and you can ask any question and you don’t feel stupid or like you're alone. Everyone was really helpful and nice (even the creepers), and now you get review materials so you can keep practicing so you don’t forget what you learned.
I really liked the earth, water, fire, and wind aspect to the seminar. I think it really helped by giving us four options for each scenario.
My daughter is signed up for an upcoming session. I just wanted to say that I think your program is a valuable service to the students!
I really liked that it was hands-on and that we had the opportunity to try all the moves you demonstrated. I loved testing the moves on the Creepers, because it gave me an idea of what it would be like in real life versus just seeing someone else do it or reading about the moves. The beds and couches were also a plus for me, because there is no other program that offers such realistic practice experiences. Additionally, you provided both verbal and physical solutions to all the problems which is a realistic approach. No two situations are alike, so it is best to know as many options as possible.
I liked how the different techniques weren't gender specific, and I liked how you could use each of the elemental moves to cater to your specific personality. It made the techniques more approachable. I loved the seminar, it was really empowering!
I have recommended the seminar to other because it helped me a lot with confidence in uncomfortable situations, and made me feel like I could defend myself if necessary.
My favorite part of the seminar was the video. So many times, I hear about these situations, but never really have any idea what goes on in these scenarios. Although I am not involved in any type of party scene, I do think it is really helpful to see these situations in context so I know how to react in an unexpected situation.