The County Commission for Women is hosting several two-hour Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.) seminars in County libraries.
The seminars are taught by Rage Aggression Defense (R.A.D.), certified instructors. Classes include a student folio with safety information and a 90-minute interactive learning experience that introduces basic techniques that can be used to escape assaultive situations according to the commission.
This class includes risk and crime awareness along with information that can help reduce the risk of exposure to violence and gives options for escaping violence. Women ages 13- 17 years old may participate with an attending registered female adult.
The Montgomery County Commission for Women is an advisory board to the county government where women identify inequities in laws, policies, practices, and procedures, and provide recommendations. Founded in 1972, the commission has fought for women’s equality in the county and the state of Maryland according to the Montgomery County website.
Seminar dates are Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Aspen Hill Library, Thursday, Oct. 27 at Aspen Hill Library, Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Marilyn J. Praisner (Burtonsville) Library, Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Long Branch Library, and Thursday, Dec. 15 at Aspen Hill Library. All events will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with tickets starting at $12 per person according to the commission.
Community Members who are interested in participating should call 240-777-8300 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-womens-self-defense-fall-2022-program-tickets-85676325195?aff=ebdsoporgprofile to register.