Programs and Services
Chimera® (ky-MEER-ah) is a self-defense program designed for the needs of women, which emphasizes avoidance and teaches awareness, assertiveness, and physical protection skills. Chimera is taught by certified instructors who provide strong role models and ensure a safe space for the examination of experiences and feelings about sexual assault. They stress safety and confidentiality throughout all courses.
Chimera teaches that everyone has the right and ability to protect themselves. All techniques are easy to learn and use, and are designed to help the defender stop the attack and escape. Among other things, participants learn:
- Myths and facts about sexual assault
- The effectiveness of resistance
- Awareness skills
- Assertiveness skills
- Physical skills
- Defenses against harassment and assault by acquaintances and strangers
- Defenses against multiple attackers
- Advanced ground techniques
- Strategies for dealing with armed attackers
- Protection in and around cars
Who can take Chimera®?
Chimera is beneficial to women of all cultures, ages (12 and up), backgrounds, and physical abilities. Private classes can be adapted for specialized populations, including mother-daughter, LGBTQ, and elderly audiences. Graduates of Chimera, including survivors of sexual assault, often report feeling empowered, more assertive, and in better control of their lives after completing a Chimera course.
Before Coming To Class
Please register for another class if you know that you will be missing any segment of the course.
Arrive 10 minutes early so that the course may begin on time, and wear loose-fitting clothing, in layers that allow free movement. You will be removing your shoes, stockings, and jewelry.
Only registered participants and Chimera staff are permitted to be present while class is being held. Observers are not welcome.
Sexual Assault Survivors
Graduates of Chimera, including survivors of sexual assault, often report feeling empowered, more assertive, and in better control of their lives after completing a Chimera course. However, taking a class may trigger unwanted emotions or memories of your assault. If your sexual assault was recent, or you are worried about being triggered, please reach out to an RCC advocate to discuss whether or not now is the right time to take Chimera.