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There is No Real Security

Saying “no” won’t stop rape. Neither will self-defense classes. And both give women the false hope that they can stop men who want to hurt them.

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AA month before I left home to travel the world solo at 18, I signed up for a women’s self-defense class. My high school counselors said it would prepare me for the situation…



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Katie Simon

I’m working on a book about sex after sexual assault, and a memoir about the year I got the plague bacteria. Work in NYT, The Lily, BuzzFeed, Wa Po, etc.