According to statistics, 78 women are forcibly raped every hour in the United States. Just as startling: One out of four college students reported being sexually assaulted sometime during their four years of school.
The Franklin Police Department is proud to offer free self-defense training to women who live or work in Williamson County. The training incorporates awareness building, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, as well as hands-on self-defense training by experienced police officers.
Classes start Feb. 4, and registration is required for this four-day series. All classes meet from 6-9 p.m. at Franklin Police Headquarters, located at 900 Columbia Avenue. They’ll be held Feb. 4, 6, 11 and 13.
The 12-hour program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training. Mothers and daughters are encouraged to attend this free training together.
“Helping to provide this training is something that I always look forward to,” Butler said. “Participants walk away from this experience with a renewed feeling of confidence that they can avoid or overcome an attacker. We just show them how.”