30 Nov '13, 2pm

Bases launch self-defense classes to combat sex assault

Senior Airman Cortney Paxton didn’t plan to take a five-day self-defense course at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., last month. She was a last-minute fill-in for a sick friend. But it turns out the course was just what she needed. Paxton, a photojournalist, was in technical training several years ago when she found herself in an isolated area with a fellow airman she trusted who forced himself on her, she said. “I’ll just say I didn’t know what to do,” she said. Paxton never reported the assault. She still isn’t sure why. But she believes she would respond differently today. “What surprised me the most is the amount of confidence I got after taking” the seminar, Paxton said. She now feels equipped to handle a similar situation — and to come forward if such a thing were to happen again. Which is what instructors of Gracie Academy Self Defense Systems hope participants will ...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20131130/NEWS/311300004

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