Female Athletes Get Trained in Self-Defense
Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 @07:00pm EST
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV – This weekend, Shepherd University sponsored
a free program for its female athletes in the case of a sexual assault.
An instinctive self-defense class taught participants how to get away when put in dangerous, real-life situations.
Instructor Carol Ann Williams taught the women in her class to use their legs, which are their strongest assets against an attacker's weakest targets.
Williams said, "This is actually about putting them on the ground, on their back, and rape is eminent, and it's about to happen. It gives them the confidence to get out of that situation."
Fight Like a Girl
Posted Saturday, January 31, 2009 ; 06:26 PM
Updated Saturday, January 31, 2009 ; 07:03 PM
A class at WVU gave the phrase "fight like a girl" a new meaning.
Story by Macall Allen
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MORGANTOWN -- The "Fight Like a Girl" three-hour class was held at the Student Recreation Center Saturday.
It teaches women how to defend themselves if attacked by using practical techniques that are easy to remember.
Organizers say the course puts women in vulnerable situations and teaches them how to get out.
Instructor Carol Ann Williams says learning and practicing self defense skills is important.
"Out of every five women, one of them will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime," says Williams. "And college freshman especially are very vulnerable."
The course was open to the public and taught by Instinctive Defense.
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