April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Participants compete during a 54kg Taekwondo match at Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 7, 2006. AccuNet/AP multimedia

Participants compete during a 54kg Taekwondo match at Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 7, 2006. AccuNet/AP multimedia

Instructor will demonstrate escape moves in taekwondo and hapkido.

By Carolina D. Vela

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

Learn how to protect yourself during two free presentations of “Safe Escape” with a martial arts instructor.

The purpose of the presentation is for students to prevent an attack and to be able to run and escape from assailants.

Come ready to learn from 1:50 p.m.–3:50 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-noon April 22 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

The event takes place during April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The college’s student affairs department partnered with the Women’s Empowerment Center at 703 Howard St. to host the event.

Jason Juarez, martial arts instructor and owner of the San Antonio Taekwondo Headquarters Academy, will demonstrate escape techniques.

Juarez is a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo, a Korean martial art that combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.

He will demonstrate taekwondo and hapkido, another Korean martial art, showing how to break free from a chokehold or seizure by the hair or wrist.

Students will be asked to participate during the event to do some of the physical maneuvers.

“We want to make sure that students know the skills that help them be safe in case of attack,” student conduct officer Tracy Floyd said.

The presentation is free and open to students, staff and faculty.

Students attending the workshop will be asked to sign the “One Student” pledge, which encourages students to promote sexual assault awareness.

She said students who have classes at night or feel they are being followed by an individual can be escorted to their cars by campus police.

The Alamo Colleges police department has uniformed state-certified peace officers on patrol 24 hours a day, year-round.

For more information, call Floyd 210-486-0906.

For emergencies, call district police at 210-222-0911. For non-emergencies, call the 24-hour dispatch at 210-485-0095.

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