Using Self-Defense Classes to Treat PTSD

Some survivors of sexual assault report enormous benefits from specialized classes. But not all therapists are on board.

Though the self-defense classes vary depending on who is offering them, they share some commonalities, including the use of a female instructor who teaches the techniques, and a male instructor who dons a padded suit and simulates attack scenarios. Researchers say this approach is not unlike exposure therapy. (Visual: )

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