Re: So the only answer is to teach people to give a bloody good kicking?!
Physical self defence has its place, everyone has the right to use appropriate force to protect themselves. Like it or not, sometimes it's just not possible to talk your way out of a situation. But the key is "appropriate" and that must be carefully weighed against the situation at hand. Which isn't always easy in what's often a split-second choice.
Yes education is 100% the long term solution. Some people simply don't know their behaviour is wrong, and need to be taught. But that takes time, effort, persistence and reinforcement. And then there are those who simply don't care, and no amount of education can fix.
So no, a swift kick in the bollocks is not an appropriate response to a tasteless remark in the office kitchen.
But, faced with the immediate risk of sexual assault, it's absolutely justified given the alternative.
What is also needed is awareness that support exists after the fact, complaints absolutely will be taken seriously and never brushed aside. Victims need to feel they can physically defend themselves, if they have to, and not have it used against them to make everything go away.
Feeling like no one will help, no one will listen, and that taking defensive action will only make things worse, can only increase feelings of powerlessness.