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Teaching Children How To Fight Off Abductors

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Police officers are teaching children self defense at a day camp in Rutherford County.

The children are learning how to defend themselves and get away from abductors.

"I'd be kind of scared if there was a real stranger, but I have the moves so I can get away easily," said 9-year-old Autumn Gates.

Murfreesboro police officers taught them several moves like peppering the attacker's eyes in the one week Resist Aggression Defensively camp.

"It's not a proactive approach where they're leaving to attack people. It's strictly defensive, so if they're attacked they do have options," said Kristy Inglish, Murfreesboro Police Department.

The children are as young as 8 years old, so sometimes they needed a little help remembering which hand - left or right to lead with. Officers marked the strongest hand with a red wrist band so the children could remember.

"We put these on the hand - the hand you write with," said 8-year-old Kayla Gates.

The instructors taught them to hit and hurt the abductor without injuring themselves.

"When you hit the stranger then it hurts a lot for them, but when you do it to them it really doesn't hurt you," said 8-year-old Ashley Gates.

A week is usually not long enough for the children to become proficient using all of the moves, but knowledge of just a few could save them from a kidnapper or even a molester.

Murfreesboro Police are offering two more RAD camps this summer. They are scheduled for July, and there are just a few openings left.

The cost is $25 and the camps are open only to Rutherford and Bedford County residents. 

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