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SAFE training teaching women to protect themselves

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- It's something no one wants to think about, but if you are ever the target of a violent attack police say you're only guaranteed there will be one person there to defend you. That person is you. You are your best defense.

That's the message behind an upcoming program in Janesville designed to help stop violence against teen and adult women.

Sergeant Brian Donohoue and Officer Richard Mussey of the Janesville Police Department joined Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the class. It's called S.A.F.E training, an acronym for Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange. 

Police say class attendees will get an unparalleled 2-hour educational crime-victim prevention program.  Strategies, techniques, options and prevention will be covered.  Officers teach that 90 percent of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction and avoiding confrontation.  Just 10 percent is physical. 

Each class includes:

- A dynamic, super-graphic 13-piece full color folio packed with safety information every woman should know (given to every participant)

- The 17-minute motivational video that is shown as part of every program (which is narrated by Emmy Award winning actress Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey to Burn Notice TV series))

- A 1 1/2 hour familiarization with what physical self-defense is about.

- Instructor Training – an 8-hour class to train and certify trainers (from Public Safety Departments, Colleges/Universities/Schools, Victim Services Agencies, etc.) to facilitate the 2-hour 'S.A.F.E.' class for adult and teenaged women as a community service.

- The 2-hour 'S.A.F.E.' class facilitated as a community service for various organizations (i.e., neighborhood, civic, faith-based, corporate.)

The Janesville class is coming up February 18. It's at the Mercy Center at Mercy Hospital.  Spots are filling fast, but you can still register by calling Mercy at 756-6100.

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