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Franklin police offering free self-defense classes for women

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Posted at 1:52 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 15:04:56-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Women who live or work in Williamson County can sign up for free self-defense classes.

According to Franklin police, 78 women are forcibly raped every hour in the U.S. and one out of four college students reported being sexually assaulted at some point.

The department says it’s offering free self-defense classes on September 4, 6, 11 and 13. The classes take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the department’s headquarters at 900 Columbia Avenue.

To attend, you have to register in advance by emailing RAD Instructor, Sgt. Amy Butler at amy.butler@franklintn.gov. Download the registration form here.

"Helping to provide this training is something that I always look forward to,” said RAD Instructor, Sergeant Amy Butler. “Participants walk away from this experience with a renewed feeling of confidence that they can avoid or overcome an attacker, we just show them how.”

According to a release, the training incorporates “awareness building, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, as well as hands-on self-defense training by experienced police officers.”

Police say the program is designed for women with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.