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The Empowerment Impact of an Assault Survivor

Feburary 27, 2013

Powerful letter submitted by a dedicated Women Empowered student

The following letter and beautiful poem were submitted by a dedicated Gracie University Women Empowered student named Christina.

Dear Mr. Gracie,

I am writing to say thank you to both you and Ms. Eve Gracie.

I truly hope all women in your Women Empowered course will enjoy the pink belt key chain as much as I do. I truly believe that these belt key chains can be, not only a small reminder of how far we've come on this Gracie Jiu Jitsu journey, but also a great inspirational tool to keep us motivated.

Secondly, I would like to thank you, Ms. Torres for being such an inspirational role model for myself ( as well as women everywhere ) during my Gracie Jiu Jitsu journey. As a survivor of domestic violence, I know first hand how the women's empowered program can not only save a women's life but also how it can restore confidence and self esteem. I truly believe that every woman ( and teenage girl ), can benefit from your Women Empowered course. It is my hope that every woman, who has enjoyed your course, will share their knowledge of their friends so women everywhere can learn. For if we cannot put an end to violence against women, we certainly can increase a women's chance of surviving a violent attack by becoming empowered with your program.

As a small token of my thanks to you both, I would like to share this poem I wrote...

To read Christina's beautiful poem, "An Empowering Journey," click here.