Brining Self-Defense to some Delta Delta Delta sorority members stood in line in pairs as they practiced choke releases, cross punches and knee smashes to the rhythm of upbeat techno music as they were instructed by a black belt karate master.
About 15 women attended a women’s self-defense seminar last night at the Tri-Delta sorority, organized by an advocate of OASIS Program for Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence.
Tina Tarin, a violence-prevention specialist at OASIS and certified instructor for Rape Aggression Defense Systems, said it is crucial for women to get some sort of self defense training because one out of four college-age women are victims of rape or attempted rape, according to statistics from the book “I Never Called It Rape.”
“It’s a good opportunity for our women to be aware of our surroundings, especially on a big campus like this,” said Ashley Forsline, Tri-Delta president and a junior majoring in biology and economics. “I hope to feel more confident,” she said before the seminar.
This is a great program and I am very happy to see these types of self-defense programs brought to target groups. I was especially happy they added the statement “the women need to keep practicing so they can remember how to defend themselves whenever necessary.”. It increases awareness and spreads an important message. Just one question though…do you feel the beat!
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