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Self-defense class to be offered at Plaza Cívica

By Trish Snyder

My daughter and I attended a self-defense class a number of years ago in Wilmington, North Carolina. The class was taught by a young red-headed policeman and was attended by 20 or so women, many from the local domestic violence shelter. Many knew violence personally. We all wanted to know how to protect ourselves.

Self-defense class
Within the celebrations for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Fri, Nov 29, 4pm
Plaza Cívica
15 pesos

Out instructor started the class by telling us that 40 percent of rapes occur in the victim’s home. “What is the first thing you do if you hear someone breaking into your house at night and you’re alone in your bedroom?” he asked. There were all kinds of answers shouted out. The correct response: Throw something heavy out your window so that the glass breaks and yell fire. People pay attention to fire. They tend to ignore the cry help.

He next told us that the average 21-year-old woman had a 25 percent chance of being a victim of an assault in her lifetime. Assault on women is a common crime because assailants assume women will be passive. The best way for women to fight back against crime is to prevent it from happening by avoiding being alone or being in badly lit areas. However, getting into such situations is sometimes inevitable. In this case, the best chance for survival is to fight back.

This is the second year that the Violence Prevention Program at CASA is offering self-defense classes. Anne Young, volunteer on the San Miguel Walk Against Violence committee, attended last year. “It was excellent, really good,” she reports. “The instructor taught us to think differently and to be more aware of our surroundings. There was a lot of common sense in the class and some simple, practical moves we could take if we found ourselves in a threatening situation. I definitely recommend it.”

The class will be taught at 4pm in Plaza Cívica by Víctor Manuel Hernández Mora and Alejandro Mendoza García, instructors from the Muay Thai Academy in Leon. The class is appropriate for all ages and participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing. A 15-peso donation is requested for the class.

Other events planned for Violence Awareness Week, November 25 to 29:

November 25: Women’s groups from the State of Guanajuato will march to the State House to raise awareness that the written laws to protect victims are not being implemented.

November 26: Photo contest in el Centro to raise awareness of violence against women; November 27 and 28: Basketball and soccer tournament in Parque Benito Juárez. November 29:  Information tables and murals created by community support groups from 1–6pm. Self-defense class at 4pm in Plaza Cívica. Anti-violence walk at 7pm.

For more information or to get involved, contact Dulce Ortiz at CASA, phone 154-6060 or for English, contact Trish Snyder at 121-0612.


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