From sexual assault, abuse, rape, robbery, even sex/human trafficking; as women, we can agree that we experience the world differently than our male counterparts. As a survivor of sexual abuse & rape, I realized how necessary it is to have effective programs in place to help train, equip, & educate women how to navigate various territories, while being mindful of their surroundings, and watching for signs that just might keep her and other women safe while traveling. What started as an idea, quickly birthed a movement of empowering safety, security and sisterhood.
With Passport to Self-Defense: Safety. Security. Sisterhood., Queens of Virtue teams up with SSG (Sentinel Security Group) to provide women travelers with an exclusive experience that will change the way we women experience travel. Did you know that travel plays a huge role in human & sex trafficking? This program will not only advocate on behalf of the countless women and children that are trafficked, but raise awareness and funds to aid in fighting this evil.
How many times do we find ourselves breathing waste deep in situations that are out of our control? Personally, I can write a book, teach a course, and do a TEDTalk. But throughout my trials, I can honestly say, I’ve learned and grown more than anything. I got into the habit of using the stressors to fuel my drive. It became the catalyst that pushed my rebirth. Maybe that’s why I love the Phoenix so much, as it continues to rise out of the ashes, more beautiful and unharmed because she’s a new creation.
Okay, quick story time, beloveds…
I have a friend, let’s call her India. Now, India comes from a small southern town, where everyone knows everyone. She was raised in the church, Pentecostal at that – so sex was taboo. Through life choices and experiences, she quickly became a sexual vixen in her own right. Along her journey, she chose to travel the world, exposing herself to various cultures. This exploration led her to become one of the top International Relations experts in her field. However, through a tragic and traumatizing sexual encounter facilitated by a “friend” she trusted, India decided it was time to move on to other opportunities and retire from that career. She quickly learned that her “career family” was nothing but a brood of vipers, who didn’t have her back after years of dedicated servitude…and she just wanted to be done. Her trauma was an enormous anchor, and she didn’t even know it yet. It hindered her from fully transitioning to her fullest potential, because she couldn’t move beyond the past! She would shut down and shut everyone out. She would break down and start having negative thoughts about harming herself! Sounds toxic, right?
Listen, we all deal with trauma differently, and there’s no perfect formula to healing. But the goal is to first, START the journey! Here’s a secret…once you do, it gets easier *wink* I love that word, “journey” – the [act (requires you to do something) of traveling (movement) from one place to another (transformational elevation)].
Every chance I get, I try to work with India, reminding her of her faith, her loved ones and her support system. Even being shut out – I make sure to slide her a message here and there. She usually responds once she’s grasped her emotions. And that’s okay…it’s part of the “process” of the journey. It took me a while to learn what truly soothed my soul, and I say that because soothing the mind and body can feel great at the time, even for a period of time…but pleasing the soul is everlasting, beloveds!
Travel (to go from one place to another, typically over distance), is by far my drug, my pacifier, my cult, my obsession. It connects dots to people, cultures, history – to mold their future. It’s super therapeutic. But if not careful, can be devastating and scary as well.
Back to India…
I pray for her every chance I get. She’s touched a part of my heart that I don’t usually admit, because it has been hard for me to like, much less trust people. But, we are connected, so I care! And when I care, that speaks volumes! Everyone has a why! Even our experts, who have a passion for training women to protect themselves wether at home or traveling the globe. What’s your why? We invite you to come and share your story & experience with us to empower women to travel smarter.
Founder, Gunsmith & Firearms Trainer
Sentinel Security Group
General Manager & Firearms Instructor
Sentinel Security Group
Partner & Self Defense Trainer
Sentinel Security Group
Surveillance detection (Ground)
Conversational collection detection
When is a weapon not a weapon? (using your surroundings as an armory)
Route selection (Ground)
“Pincer” detection (Assailants working in teams)
Surviving a firearms engagement (mental, physiological)
What really works (Myth vs. TV)
Overcoming fear in an engagement
SSG’s Self-defense class is based on a set of strategies and tactics that are effective at avoiding, preventing and/or extricating oneself from a potentially threatening situation. Key concepts of the class include the mindset of self-defense, understanding the importance of confidence and assertiveness in warding off threatening situations, And more...
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