"Self-Respect and Sexual Assault" looks at sexual assault and self-defence, a topic that is often addressed either with oppressive "prevention" techniques or with outright silence. Rather than relying on scare tactics or advising readers to restrict their lifestyles, author Jeanette Mauro-Cochrane encourages women to exercise self-reliance, self-esteem and freedom of choice in every aspect of their lives, sexual or otherwise. Under the premise that a woman's best defence against sexual assault is to maintain her self-respect, regardless of the outcome, "Self-Respect and Sexual Assault" advocates an ongoing process of emotional growth that begins before an attack and continues throughout the medical, legal, and recovery phases. Mauro-Cochrane offers a programme to promote self-respect in the face of sexual assault, while providing practical techniques for averting an attack. She describes the six types of rape and rapists, helping women to recognize and avoid potential attackers. She also helps readers overcome mental barriers to self-defence, assist legal investigations and combat self-blame, depression, fear and other obstacles to recovery.