Self defense class for women to be held on campus

Kentra Meriwether

The San Diego Community College District will be hosting a free self-defense class April 17 and 25 for female students, faculty, staff and the public in the Harry West Gym, located at City College campus.

All participants must attend both six-hour sessions as each one targets a different area.

College Sgt. Diana Madero said she will be instructing on dangers women face and the precautions women can take daily.

Overall, the program is aimed at empowering women and young girls through teaching information, awareness and technique.

Participants will also experience hands-on techniques training in which they will learn a variety of self defense moves such as head butts and kicks.

Madero said that with the recent abductions and killings of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King, this program has seen a flux in people calling for self-defense classes.

As of March 18, about 15 girls had signed up to attend this semester compared to zero last spring, according to Madero.

“It sucks that abductions and things like that have to happen to awaken people to the dangers women face daily,” said Madero, “However it’s also a good thing because women aren’t taking any chances and they are signing up for self-defense classes.”

Elizabeth McKee, a 21-year-old City College student, said her biggest fear is being abducted and added having felt stalked, followed and fearful on several occasions on and off campus.

“I’m glad something like this is being offered for free here at City College, it is personally overdue.”

The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both Saturdays; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Visit any district police station to register and to receive more information.