Every day four women die in the United States as a result of domestic violence.
Now a local organization is reaching out to help arm women with the knowledge they need to defend themselves. Saturday a self-defense class was held to teach women simple moves to fend off an attacker.
It's a harsh reality that rape and sexual assault occur on a regular basis, but now women are being proactive and learning the skills they need to protect themselves.
James Isler teachers the self-defense class and said, "The techniques I'm teaching are simple and anyone of any size or age can use them."
Women in the self defense class learn to strike out at attackers to protect themselves, but more importantly learn how to avoid getting in situations where using those skills would be necessary.
Isler said, "This class they gain confidence and usually person wants a passive woman and when they leave here they have confidence and people won't want to mess with them."
A participant of the class said, "It’s important to have confidence and no one want to be a victim, and it’s important to carry yourself with confidence and know what to do if you do get attacked."
Another participant, Donna, said while she learned how to defend herself at the class, she had more important reasons for attending the exercise.
"My daughter is a young girl and they are targets, and she' going to college and I want her to be able to defend herself."
Instructors say being aware of your surroundings can help keep you out of situations where you would need to defend yourself; however, they also say every woman should be prepared to act if they are attacked.
If you are interested in taking a self defense class, Dothan Combatives will be hosting another free session on August 18. The course will start at 10 in the morning and lasts about two hours.
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