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East Coast Training Systems
Danielle Rodgers of Naugatuck slams an elbow into a pad.
Every two minutes, someone in the United States is raped. The vast majority (nine out of ten) are women; 80% are under the age of 30, 44% are under the age of 18. Since 2009, Jane Doe No More, Incorporated has partnered with the professional team at East Coast Training Systems to deliver self defense classes to women and girls ages 12 and older. Our Escape Alive™ Survival Skills program is designed to give women and girls a fighting chance in the face of attack.
Jane Doe No More, Inc. has received a $7,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation to help fund free self-defense classes for women. Since 2009, Jane Doe No More has offered fee-based, Escape Alive Survival Skills classes for women and girls. Developed and delivered by the professional team at East Coast Training Systems, Escape Alive participants learn personal safety strategies and physical techniques designed to disable assailants and enable escape.
“Escape Alive is not only one of our core programs,” explained Jane Doe No More executive director Debra Meyers, “but one of the programs and partnerships we are most proud of. We are thrilled that the Petit Family Foundation will now join us in that partnership, and that they do so in such a meaningful way.”
Story By Chelsea Murray
Catherine Rodgers of Naugatuck learns to evade a choke hold. Photos By John Murray
I was robbed my last night in Greece.
After watching the sunset from the Acropolis, myself and two friends took a short cut back to our apartment. On our way through the cobblestone streets we encountered a young Gypsy couple, who stepped out of the shadows looking for a smoke. My friend gave them a cigarette and loaned out his favorite lighter. After small talk about how quiet the streets were, the man pocketed the lighter. My friend calmly protested and asked for his lighter back. Instead of the lighter, the Gypsy pulled out a switchblade and thrust it against my friend’s throat.