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Sexual Assault Prevention, Self-Defense Tactics at AACC

March 18, 2011

      Being a bad victim can save your life. Your purse is packed with potential weapons to fight an attacker. Trust your intuition.

      These are just three of many powerful messages women will hear during an April 5 “Girls Fight Back!” lecture and hands-on demonstration at Anne Arundel Community College. The free event in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts features “Girls Fight Back!” founder and CEO Erin Weed front and center to share her organization’s techniques for staying safe in a troubled world.

      Weed launched her company after her friend and fellow Eastern Illinois University student Shannon McNamara was murdered by a rapist who broke into her home. “Girls Fight Back!” speakers tour the country, trying to help women and men of all ages learn how to avoid becoming a sexual assault victim and how to fight back when under attack. Weed’s national media appearances include The CBS Early Show, The Weekend Today Show and CNN's Paula Zahn Now.

      Participants at the 2-3:30 p.m. event will learn how to reduce the risk of violence, trust their intuition, protect against home invasions, be cybersafe and proactive to prevent violence in social situations such as date rape, acquaintance rape and use of predatory drugs. The demonstration portion of the program will get members of the audience on stage for lessons in verbal de-escalation, how to portray strong body language, successful ground-fighting strategies and how to use improvised weapons.

      The AACC Department of Public Safety, Student Life Office, Student Association Campus Activities Board, Health Services Office and Women’s Institute are sponsoring the talk as part of AACC’s recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Arnold campus is at 101 College Parkway.

      For information, call 410-777-2096. Call AACC Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations.