Women Learn a Valuable Lesson: How to Defend Yourself

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A woman's shelter is helping give confidence to those who may have been victimized in the past. As Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore explains sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

You may not always need a gun to protect yourself. Sometimes the best weapon you have - are your hands and legs.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month Ruth’s Place , a women's shelter in Wilkes-Barre, hosted a free self-defense class.  Kevin Hollock with Fifth Dimension Martial Arts Academy went over techniques like how to block an attack or stun your attacker, so you can get to safety.

"I tell people it’s like, "hey do you have insurance? You have car insurance, you have life insurance. Do you really want to use it. No. but if you have it, it's there for you." Said Hollock .

 "I think it’s very important to know self-defense” said Krissean Smith

She would know. She says she had to defend herself once when someone she knew tried to attack her with a kitchen knife.

"When you’re in that moment, nothing goes through your mind. Its action, you don’t have time to think. You just have to do what you know"  said Smith.

Experts say in many cases, an attacker is someone you know. According to the National Domestic Violence hotline, an average of 24 people a minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

That’s more than 12 million women and men in a year. While experts tout the benefits of knowing how to defend you...equally important, is staying alert.

“A lot of women are looking at their phones or preoccupied with something else.” Said Jennifer Hollock.

Not being aware of your surroundings could put you at risk. But Kevin Hollock and his wife Jessica are hoping that the people at today's class  walk away with tools they can use if they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Ruth's Place has held self-defense classes in the past, but this is the first time they opened it to the community.


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