The Aftershock Awareness Project is a free information based service that offers a vital and practical link to people in the martial arts industry with those who provide vital support to victims of criminal violence, rape and other forms of physical trauma.
Born from a need to bridge the gap between the world-wide martial arts community and the aftercare support services that deal with trauma victims of violent crime, rape and many other physical and emotional situations the Aftershock Awareness Project was created to provide such a link.
The following articles on this site aims to educate the martial arts world of the need to provide not only information on prevention and physical training, in the form of self defence courses and martial art classes, but also the need to make students and teachers aware of the consequences to those who are victims of such events and how best to provide support to family members and the victims themselves.
HOW CAN I HELP?
There are a number of things that can be done without any true costs involved that can range from simply adding our project logo, and site address link, to your website to show your support for this free information service to providing the information on this site in promotional leaflet form to students.
You can also include contact details of organisations that offers support and counselling to victims of rape and violent attack.
Are you a martial art event organiser or some other form of public event? If so then why not show your support for this FREE information - victim support service - by just giving us a mention and a link to this free information site.
It costs nothing to let people know about this vital support service and you would be doing your part in helping those who are not as lucky as we are. Thank you.
MANY FORMS OF TRAUMA
Trauma is not just something a person will go through as a result of being violently attacked, it could also be due to any form of horrific event. Many people each year will go through traumatic events around the world including someone dying within the family, an accident or as a result of war.
Each of these things are very much a traumatic thing in their own right and the memories of such things will stay in the persons mind in just the same way for a long time to come.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Listening to someone explain how they were sadistically and repeatedly beaten and raped, (and not for the first time had I gone through this situation with someone), I yet again found myself feeling helpless to do anything.
My martial art training and teaching skills for the last 40 plus years had no true value whatsoever in a situation of this kind until I started to realise that the martial arts was, and still is, all about giving advice on avoidance, prevention, preparation for a fight, and of course, fighting techniques, but it never covered what to do after the fight was over.
Writing a short article on the subject of emotional aftershock called 'Fighting Aftershock', (which means how to fight the after-effects of emotional trauma), the idea of an awareness campaign came to mind and the Aftershock Awareness Project was born.
The official project logo!
Aftershock Awareness - maybe it's time to think in a different way?