The Vigilance Group Leads Personal Safety Workshop at Belmont University

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Teaching Female Student-Athletes to Live Safely in a Dangerous World

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With a rape occurring every 107 seconds, we cannot afford to ignore this crisis.

With a goal of teaching individuals life skills of personal safety using the principles of vigilance, awareness, and skillful response, Michael “Moose” Moore and The Vigilance Group were engaged by Belmont University to teach their female student-athletes the art of living safely in a dangerous world.

“We are committed to providing men and women with the knowledge, training, and confidence to avoid situations with potentially dangerous outcomes,” said Moose Moore, senior partner of The Vigilance Group. “We’ve taken our team’s 70 years of combined experience in self-defense, tactical training, martial arts, and law enforcement to create a system of vigilance and personal safety,” he said. “We are preparing people to avoid danger, hoping they never have a need to fight.”

Focused attention to personal safety began in 2008, with the murder of Auburn college student, Lauren Burk. As Auburn alumni, twin brothers Moose and Pat Moore, founders of The Vigilance Group, maintained strong ties to the University. Because Lauren’s death created such fear among students, Moose’s daughter Kelly, who at the time was a sorority advisor at Auburn, asked her dad to speak to the sorority chapter on safety and self-defense. From that presentation has grown the vision of vigilance for men and women on college campuses across the country.

“Research shows freshmen and sophomore college students are at a greater risk for victimization than juniors and seniors,” Moose said. “And fewer than 5% of completed or attempted rapes against college women are ever reported to law enforcement. This statistic tells me we have a lot of college students who are victims and have never said a word. With a rape occurring every 107 seconds, we cannot afford to ignore this crisis. Lauren’s death hit home. It was through this situation I realized the personal nature of assaults and the need to teach individuals to be vigilant and to avoid danger—and when necessary to escape from potentially harmful circumstances.”

With more than 140 female student-athletes, Belmont University’s Department of Athletics invited Moose and The Vigilance Group to help prepare their students to be vigilant through an informative lecture, real-life examples, and hands-on training.

“I would absolutely recommend The Vigilance Group’s program to other universities and schools,” said Lauren Eads, associate athletic director of Belmont University. “This program empowered our female student-athletes to be strong and unafraid of what can be a scary world. The Vigilance Group’s program taught them to be vigilant rather than afraid.”


About The Vigilance Group
The Vigilance Group teaches you how to live safely in a dangerous world by cultivating your personal power for vigilance and safety.

We specialize in teaching you the life skills of vigilance and personal safety, focusing on the principles of awareness, avoidance, and skillful action. Our purpose is to give you permission not to be a victim. We provide the knowledge, training, and confidence to empower you to avoid situations with potentially dangerous outcomes.

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