You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

South

Beverly Beckham

Self-defense making a big IMPACT

Here’s what we’ve all been taught. To be polite. To be quiet. To not make a scene. To go with the flow. To be aware of other people’s feelings.

Here’s what we teach our children: To acknowledge a person’s presence. To look someone in the eye. To say “please” and “thank you.” To not interrupt. To say “excuse me.” To be respectful.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week