SEPS Women's Personal SafetyA Free Online Course In Self-Protection
Free Women's Personal Safety Program/Course
The SEPS (Situation Effective Protection System) Women's Self Defense Free Online Course, is a 9 module program that aims to introduce women
to an array of subjects that concern their personal safety, from sexual assaults to potentially abusive partners (both emotionally and physically).
Each module looks at a separate issue of self-protection and personal safety. At the end of the program, you should be empowered to predict, identify
and avoid violent situations and the individuals who design and orchestrate them.
Before working through the 9 modules (our suggestion is to study one a week - there is a large amount of content and a lot of information to digest) it is
advisable to first read the foundations section of the course as this introduces you to some fundamental concepts and principles that are referred to
throughout the modules, and will help give you a better understanding of the module's content. To read this please
This course isn't simply a list of do's and do not's, nor does it prescribe a set of safety rules you should follow, instead it looks at educating and empowering you, so that
you are able to make dynamic risk assessments of the situations you find yourself in where harmful intent may be present. To learn more about the SEPS approach to personal
safety/self-defense, and how if differs from most other systems of self-protection, please
Each self-protection module will give you the information you need to help you predict, identify and avoid violence before it occurs. It will also provide you with a
lot of background information as to why predatory and aggressive individuals act and behave the way they do. This information isn't given simply to increase your
head knowledge around the subject, but so that you are better able to understand how and why you should respond to them and their threat in a certain way. The focus
of the course is on understanding and adopting personal safety habits that will harden you as a target, and prevent you from appearing on predatory individual's
radars, and if you are for whatever reason picked up and targeted, are able to understand their actions and behaviors which indicate that, they hav harmful intent
towards you and that you are in danger. With this advance warning you can put into play strategies for extracating yourself from the situation.
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Read About SEPS & Women's Personal Safety Course Creator Gershon Ben Keren
Gershon Ben Keren, is a personal safety expert, trainer/instructor and author, who has spent over 25 years working, working in the security industry. He is a co-creator/founder
of the SEPS (Situation Effective Protection System), and the creator of the SEPS Women's Personal Safety Online course.
To learn more about the SEPS system, and framework for understanding violence, and what makes it different to other approaches of self-defense and self-protection, please
click here. To read Gershon Ben Keren's biography, and to learn
of the different services he offers, please
How Safe Are You?
This is a brief 7 question quiz/survey, that assesses your
personal safety knowledge. After completing it, the answers
to the questions will be explained. It is completely anonymous
and should take you less than 2 minutes to complete, and less
than 5 minutes to read the answers. To take the quiz/survey
What Do You Know About Rape & Sexual Assault?
This is a survey that consists of 7 questions about Rape & Sexual Assaults,
it should take you no more than a couple of minutes to complete. Answer it
frankly and honestly, your answers are confidential, and nobody will be
able to judge you as to your answers/results. After completing it,
the different possible answers will be explained, so that you get
accurate and informed feedback on your answers, whether right or wrong.
What Do You Think An Abusive Relationship Looks Like?
This is a short survey, consisting of 7 questions that look at different
types of abusive relationship. it should take you no more than 2 minutes to
complete. Your answers are confidential, and and after completing it,
you will recieve feedback on your answers and an explanation as to the
correct answers. To take the survey please
Stalking & Stalkers Survey
This short survey (7 questions), asks questions about stalking and stalkers.
These surveys are extremely useful for us to get an idea as to what the
common perceptions and misconceptions around these subject areas are. By
taking a couple of minutes to complete it, you will help us to become more
effective in the free training that we deliver. To take the survey please
Muggers & Mugging Survey
This is a short survey consisting of 7 questions that looks to
find out your opinions and thoughts surrounding muggers and
mugging scenarios.It should take you only a couple of minutes to
complete and all the answers and different options are explained at
the end. To take the survey please
De-escalation & Conflict Resolution
This short survey (7 questions) looks at de-escalation and conflict
resolution, and aims to find out your thoughts regarding the best ways
to accomplish both. To take the survey please
Below is a short synopsis of the different modules that make up this personal safety/self-protection course. Before reading them it is advised that you complete
the foundational module (that can be accessed by clicking here),
as this will introduce you to the SEPS (Situation Effective Protection System) framework and methodology, which is used in all of the subsequent modules.
This module introduces the student to the way sexual predators and rapists
behave and act. How they select targets/victims and gain access to them.
This session is not overly concerned with the different types/categories of
sexual predators but the practical measures that can be taken so as not
to be identified as a target, and the ways of identifying the behaviors
and actions of would be sexual predators so that it is possible to disengage
from them. The module also addresses some of the myths that surrounds rape and
rapists.Click Here to read.
Prevention is far better than a cure, and in this module students are introduced
to the warning signs that mark out potentially abusive partners (physical & non-physical) and ex-partners
who may later go on to be stalkers. It may be that students are in the early
stages of a relationship and will identify these signals in their partner, or it
may be that they are trying to exit a relationship and these warning signs will
be something that they can relate to and reinforce their case for leaving (it
is not the aim of this module to offer advice on how to leave an abusive partner
or resolve an abusive relationship). Click Here to read.
Stalking is a strange crime because it is determined by the way the victim/target
perceives another person's actions and behaviors, rather than by those actions
themselves. A person can make continuous phone calls, send emails, have gifts and
packages delivered to another, and as long as that person doesn't feel at risk
from these actions or mind them happening they should not be defined as stalking.
When these actions and behaviors form a campaign, which causes the target/recipient
of them to fear for/consider their personal safety then the term "stalking" can be
applied. It is important to note that it is a string of activities committed over
time rather than odd isolated incidents, which really define stalking.
Click Here to read.
This module looks at the different types of defensive sprays that are available for personal protection.
It looks at and discusses the different merits of these and their various delivery mechanisms e.g.
sprays versus streams etc. as well as the effects that they have on an assailant. This module is a mix
of video and text, and teaches you everything you need to know about selecting a spray and deploying it
effectively. Click Here to read.
This module looks at how to behave when dealing with muggers and other financial predators
(pickpockets and the like). Certain abduction scenarios are also covered, especially when a
crime such as a mugging develops into an abduction and sexual assault etc. The primary aim
of this section is to debunk several myths around street robberies and muggings and the way
in which they should be handled and instead explain the modus operandi of the common mugger
and how they should be dealt with. Click Here to read.
This module looks at personal safety when in a variety of social settings such as bars, pubs and clubs,
as well as at parties and other social/public gatherings both at private and public venues. Rather than
just looking at self-protection when in these settings this module will also look at safety issues around
being out at night in general. This module will also focus in on date and acquaintance rape, and look at
detection, avoidance and preventative measures that can be taken to avoid becoming the victim of such
an assault. Click Here to read.
This module looks at some distinct situations that a person may find themselves in, and/or have concerns/questions about.
Although Home Invasions are rare, as is being at home when a burglary takes place etc. these are still incidents that do
happen and concern people. This module looks at preventative measures that can be put in place around home and car
security as well as how to non-physically deal with certain situations and scenarios should they occur. The situational
factors and principles that are demonstrated in this module should translate across scenarios and situations and not be
restricted just to those explained.Click Here to read.
It is not only predatory individuals with pre-meditated plans to harm you that you need to be able to protect yourself from.
Violence and aggression can erupt "spontaneously" due to situational factors e.g. you spill a drink over somebody, inadvertently
take someone's parking space etc. Some of the people you will end up dealing with may be completely reactive in the way that
they respond, that is they react in the moment to the situation, without having any goal or end game in mind. Such situations
have the potential to be dealt with by verbal de-escalation, avoiding the need for any physical resolution.
When we are placed in potentially dangerous situations our fear system kicks in and we become adrenalized. This cocktail of chemicals and
hormones improves certain of our abilities and functions e.g. we become more tolerant to pain etc. and reduces others - we lose our peripheral
vision and get tunnel vision etc. Most people rarely experience these sensations and so when they do they often panic or freeze. In this module
we look at how to control the body's natural responses to fear and how to work with them in order to maximize their positive effects and
improve our survival chances. Click Here to read.
Personal Safety & Security Training & Consultancy
Our company has a full range of training and consultancy services that we can bring to your corporation/enterprise. If you have concerns for your employees safety in either their professional
or private lives, we can help you address the potential threats they may face, and teach both them and you how to reduce and eliminate any vulnerabilities that may exist - we also have e-learning
packages and courses that can be used where on-site training is not an option etc. We have a long track
record in delivering training in travel security, de-escalation and conflict resolution etc. To learn more, or to inquire about our consultancy services, please contact us, by
There's nothing new under the Sun. Every now and again a women's self defense "gimic" from the past comes back into fashion, that gets picked up on.
This blog article looks at the unwelcome return of self-defense training in high heels. To read the blog please
The media often contact us for articles concerning women's self defense, citing that they want some top tips, and a few techniques etc. Few actually want
to talk about the realities, and the actual situations, that women face, and how these can be effectively dealt with. To read the blog please
There's a current myth that society and male attitudes are to blame for rape and sexual assault. This is an argument that many rapists make to try and
excuse their predatory behaviors. There is a difference between an antisocial individual pressurizing a woman for consensual sex, and a predator who is looking to engage in
non-consensual sex. This blog examines the difference. To read the blog please
Many people follow a set of safety rules, that don't actually make them any safer. This blog article looks at some of these and how they relate to
running e.g. runnning with earbuds in etc. To read the blog please