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Re: Free Self Defense Workshop

Violence should be seen as a tactic, not a way of life (as our friend the pacifist is trying to insinuate). Likewise, nonviolence is sometimes a legitimate tactic, depending on the situation. Self defense, while it may be violent, it absolutely necessary in many situations. Would you rather be raped or defend your body? Would you rather be left to bleed on the sidewalk or walk away with your didnity intact? Pacifists would have you believe that communicating with your attacker will somehow resolve a potentially violent situation. While nonviolent solutions may be valid in some cases (for example handing over your wallet to avoid a fight), if an attacker is dead set on using violence, you have no choice but defending your body.

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