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Self defense class teach women to fight back

Self defense class teach women to fight back Self defense class teach women to fight back

The University of Southern Mississippi campus police taught several women Tuesday that the smallest move can save your life.

President Elect of the Association of Office Professionals, Connie Knight says the self defense class was to teach university employees and the community one thing.

"Know how to protect themselves just in case they were in a threatening situation," said Knight.

Escaping those threatening situations, like your attacker grabbing your wrists, can be done with simple techniques according to University of Southern Mississippi Police Captain Lisa Carter.

"Your thumbs give you your ability to grab. So, once you break that thumb grip there is no way for your other four fingers to hold on to anything," said Carter.

Carter says another technique is distracting your attacker by hitting pressure points, which can be found in the neck, throat or legs.

"What the pressure points does is it causes pain and pain causes movement, which gives you a chance to get away from your attacker," said Carter.

Tripping your attacker and pushing their weight away from you can mean your way to safety.

Captain Carter says the most dangerous place to be with your attacker is on the ground.

"The ground limits your ability to move and evade, so what you want to do is learn techniques where you can escape," said Carter.

Carter says first cover your face from attack, knee the assailant in the back, pull their elbow down from the outside and this will take away the balance. Then, you will be able to push them off your body and give yourself a chance to run.

The women here say they learned to use their body as a weapon.

"You don't need a knife or a gun to protect yourself. You can use the smallest things," said President of the Association of Office Professionals,  Delores McNair.

"One of the most important things that I learned was to use my elbows rather than my fists, because as a woman my hands are so small," said University of Southern Mississippi employee, Jessica Roberts.

"After having this knowledge I don't feel fearful, I don't feel scared. I feel like I would be able to defend myself if I needed to," said University of Southern Mississippi employee, Kasey Keith.

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