Hello fans of WomanSavers!
My name is Susan Bartelstone and I'm a certified crime prevention and personal safety specialist. I'm very excited to be joining the WomanSavers family and offering a forum here that'll bring you potentially life-saving crime prevention information and address your personal safety concerns. I'll do all I can to make this space upbeat despite the soberness of the subject matter and provide the information, tips and resources that'll help you reduce your fear and keep you safe.
Let me tell you about myself. Back when I was 19 years old, I had a bad breakup with a guy that involved both physical and emotional bruises. I became determined to learn how to protect myself and now have more than 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. And, since then, I've deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought my way out of a surprise attack, and taught safety skills to thousands of women and men.
Based on my personal experiences, I wrote Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which features more than 100 success stories and examples illustrating the techniques that I teach, and I've published more than 200 articles on various crime prevention topics. You might have seen me on The Today Show or Americas Most Wanted, in Self Magazine or a long and varied list of other media.
I do lecturing and corporate consulting and am the host of Crime Prevention 101, a personal safety talk radio show on the top-rated VoiceAmerica.com internet radio station (http://tinyurl.com/crimeprevention101) where I speak about hot crime topics and people making the headlines; the trends and legal developments that are going to impact all of our lives in the future; and true crime stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating, inspiring or just plain weird.
Many years ago, I was dubbed the "Ann Landers of Self Defense" by the media and I've helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas on such topics as domestic abuse, date rape, dating violence, rape trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), online dating safety, self defense and so many other topics. So, you can feel free to post questions on ANY subject that concerns you and know that you are in caring hands.
And, if you have a question you feel is too personal or not safe to post on the Forum, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via my website listed above. You can also leave an anonymous in-house email message for me at WomanSavers (accessed on home page left side). I look forward to hearing from you.
More Biography Highlights:
Certified as International Crime Prevention Specialist (ICPS) by the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners and have 100 hours additional crime prevention training from such organizations as the FBI, New York State Department of Justice and Long Island Association of Crime Prevention Officers
17 years combined training in World War II Combatives, self defense and martial arts
18+ years experience lecturing nationally on crime prevention, personal safety and self defense skills
12 years experience running a training and consulting company which designed customized crime avoidance and safety skills programs for Fortune 500 corporations such as American Express and hundreds of organizations such as the U.S. Post Office and Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City
Designed an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) crime prevention course for cab drivers for the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York; taught in numerous ESL programs throughout New York City
Testified before the New York State Senate Crime and Corrections Committee and the New York State Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations on crime prevention issues
Testified twice, as a founding member of the New York State Personal Defense Coalition, at Joint Legislative Hearings regarding the legalization of Mace and pepper spray in New York State (which led to ultimate passage of the bill after fourteen years of failure)
Served on four distinguished rape prevention and domestic violence taskforces on the state and local level
You can visit these websites featuring Susan:
You can listen to Susan on VoiceAmerica.com internet radio station at http://tinyurl.com/crimeprevention101