Because violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights.  Sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking; the violence cuts across all boundaries of age, race, and culture.

Anyone can be targeted.


  • One sexual assault occurs every two minutes.  97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.


  • In eight out of ten rape cases, the perpetrator is someone known to the victim.


  • One in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse in her lifetime.


  • Every day in the U.S. more than three women are murdered by a husband or boyfriend.


  • Nearly one in five teenage girls who have been in a relationship report a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if faced with a break-up.


  • One in twelve women will be stalked in her lifetime.



Your tax deductible donation to AWSDA allows us to continue to offer free and reduced-cost self defense trainings to women and girls across the nation.

Thank you for your support!


AWSDA is an educational, non-profit organization dedicated to ending violence against women by providing training programs to self-defense instructors, as well as services for women to increase their knowledge of self-defense techniques and rape prevention.