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Posted on: July 11, 2017

Lilburn ladies learn self-defense

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The Lilburn Police Department is helping women learn how to prevent crime and defend themselves against an attack. 

The Women’s Self Defense Program is dedicated to empowering women with knowledge to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of a crime. The program teaches women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.

Class dates for 2017 are July 13-14, Sept. 14-15, and Nov. 9-10. This free class is open to women age 21 and up. A junior class for ages 15-20 will be held on July 15. Apply on the police department page at cityoflilburn.com

Offering self-defense training for women is of utmost importance to Capt. Christy Wentzell. “My 17 years of law enforcement experience has shown that women, in particular, do not think enough about the possibility of being attacked, because they want to believe that people are inherently good and wouldn't hurt them,” Capt. Wentzell said. 

However, according to the Criminal Victimization Bulletin in 2014, “U.S. residents ages 12 and over experienced an estimated 5.4 million violent victimizations.” (bjs.gov) Violent victimizations include rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. 

The self-defense program enables women to decrease their vulnerability and gain a new sense of confidence and personal power. 

“The knowledge that you can protect yourself or reduce the likelihood of victimization is a confidence booster,” Capt. Wentzell said.  

For more information, contact Capt. Christy Wentzell, 770-638-2202, cwentzell@cityoflilburn.com. 

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