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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lisa Tubbergen's a woman on a mission. She works for Damsel In Defense, a company that sells stun-guns and mace, and now she's spreading the word about a local women's self-defense class to be held in Parker, CO at 10:30am on Nov 15th. Cost $20.

Why does she feel so passionate about this cause? Lisa survived domestic violence. Since she knows what it feels like to have power forcibly taken, her goal is to educate every woman in the use of non-lethal weaponry in order to bring violent crimes against women to a crashing halt.

As a mental health counselor, I've heard and quoted the statistics over and over again. But have you?

- 1 in 5 women will be a survivor of sexual assault in their lifetime
- out of those survivors 1 in 5 are under the age of 17. 
- 1 in 3 women are survivors of domestic violence 
- College age women are 4 times more likely to be the target of a sexual assault 

Matt Schildt ( is the instructor for the class. He has trained in self-defense for the past 15 years and owns a Karate and Self-Defense business. Website: His  philosophy on training is that you have the right to refuse to be a victim. And you MUST refuse to be a victim. He teaches the basic skills, awareness, assertive behavior and attitude to do that.

I personally think this is a wonderful idea. I remember when my little sister took a self-defense class as a teenager and how empowered it made her feel. (Though I'm not quite sure she's able to take down the five 300-lb men that she now thinks she can. ;)) I love that Lisa sells stun guns and mace too since sometimes small size, back problems, or pregnancy prevent a woman from being as physically aggressive as a situation might call for.

Don't live in Colorado? A self-defense class is still a great idea for a Christmas present for yourself, your daughter, your wife, or your girlfriend.

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