WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — About 78 women are raped per hour in the United States and most victims know their attacker.
College students are especially vulnerable to sexual assault.
In response, many universities and police departments are now offering self-defense classes to help women protect themselves against an attacker.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office offers classes to girls and women, free of charge.
Monday night, dozens of women learned from certified self-defense instructors, including Linda Taylor.
“I want to be aware of my surroundings,” she said. “And God forbid, if I do have to take care of myself, I want to be able to.”
Much of the experience is physical but just as important is education to help women avoid potentially dangerous situations.
“The most effective technique you can have is to be prepared in advance,” said deputy and self-defense instructor Nikki Osborne.
The current class offered by the sheriff’s office is fully booked but anyone interested in taking a class in the future can call 615-790-5719 ext 2010.
Franklin Police are also offering Rape Aggression Defense to women who live or work in Franklin. Anyone interested in that course can learn more here.