Breaking Barriers™ program empowers survivors of sexual assault, rape, and domestic violence through psychological, social, and physical reconstruction and empowerment self-defense.
As the formation of GET SAFE was shaping in 1985, founder Stuart Haskin’s driving passion was to offer aid, solutions, and opportunities to survivors of sexual crime. After being certified by the state of California as a Crisis Intervention and Sexual Assault Counselor, Stuart built relationships with a variety of local Orange County crisis intervention and risk reduction agencies. A primarily strong partnership developed with an agency titled Waymakers, which provided restorative services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.
The first model of the Breaking Barriers™ program was introduced in 1988 as the Spirit Warrior program. It was funded and supported by California's OC Regional Center for victims of sexual violence, and was tailored to provide trauma care, self-defense safety modules, psycho-educational classes on sexual assault, sex-trafficking, and rape.
The very essence and origination of GET SAFE was built upon the ideal of freedom for survivors. The first of GET SAFE’s primary operations were conducted in the fields of prevention, intervention, and restoration of sexual assault and sex trafficked survivors.
Breaking Barriers™ is the beautiful outcome of this story.
BREAKING THE CYCLE
Reduced physical, sexual, and emotional assaults through empowerment education
Unlock the potential for women to break the cycle of violent crime, trauma, and abuse
Collaboration with community resources
Integration of trauma-informed practices, self-defense, and psycho-education
Empowerment Self-Defense Training
Support system education & development
Breaking of fear-based barriers
Plugged into community resources, including workforce development, support groups, & additional services
Continued self-defense training through GS Krava Maga
is a multidimensional
program intended to address
not only the psychological aspects of victimization, but also to trigger and relieve the physical trauma through empowerment self-defense exercises,
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Before coming to GET SAFE, I didn't think I would ever feel whole again. I'm learning that I don't have to 'get over' what happened, but IT NO LONGER CONTROLS ME. IT MAKES ME STRONGER.
- Natalia, GET SAFE Graduate