West Virginia University students have a chance to learn self-defense techniques to protect against sexual assault.

On Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 7 from 12-3 p.m., WVU will be offering “Fight Like a Girl” at the Student Recreation Center for a cost of $40. The class will be in room A.

The three-hour class teaches techniques that are designed to utilize a woman’s unique strengths, are easy to remember and work against larger assailants.

The course, led by Carol Ann Williams of Instinctive Defense, is unique because it is designed especially for women.

Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted, according to U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey. Sexual assault refers to violence such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats.

“Fight Like a Girl” courses include three levels. The courses offered Feb.6-7 will be Level one.

Level one classes teach participants solutions to the most common sexual assault scenarios, solutions to date-or acquaintance-rape scenarios and easy and effective ways to gain control.

Participants will also hear about date-rape drugs and how to be smart about different situations.

For more information, visit http://www.instinctivedefense.com/ .



CONTACT: Colleen Harshbarger, WELL WVU
304-293-5054, colleen.harshbarger@mail.wvu.edu