Women, learn to defend yourselves

The Greenwood parks department is offering a class in January aimed at empowering high school girls and female college students to stay safe.

The Bulletproof Self-Defense class, slated for the evening of Jan. 7, is designed to be thought-provoking and high-energy, teaching young women learn not only how to escape dangerous people and situations but also how to avoid them.

Discussion topics are about the situations girls and women find themselves in when they start dating, driving or hanging out with little or no adult supervision.

Class participants will learn:

Self-defense techniques to escape a violent situation

How not to give off “victim vibes” when walking alone

The safest way to navigate dark streets, parking lots and parking garages

How to make a car less attractive to criminals

How to identify the warning signs of a potentially violent boyfriend

How to handle sexual harassment on the job and in the classroom

How to protect against identity theft

The Bulletproof class was designed and based on the book “Bulletproof: Safety, Security and Self-Defense for the College-Bound Woman” by Westfield resident Leah Severson.

He is also a facilitator for the One Love Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate young people about relationship violence.

Bulletproof is available on Amazon.com.

The class will be taught at the Greenwood Community Center, 100 Surina Way, from 7 to 9 p.m.

To register, go to green wood.in.gov/topic/subtopic.php?topicid=196&structure.