Local Mothers & Daughters Learn Rape Self-Defense
MATTHEWS, NC- Over 40 percent of rape and assault victims are under the age of 18 and 25 percent of female college students suffer an attempted rape.
That's why local teen girls and their mothers are learning to fight back.
"A lot of them that came in, they had never hit anybody, they had never kicked anybody. They didn't know the proper techniques and they didn't know how powerful they are," said Lynn Gorski, a self-defense instructor.
Until these moms and daughters took the R.A.D. class - Rape Aggression Defense. It's nine hours of classroom learning and physical defense. It teaches them to turn their fear into anger and aggression.
"No matter how hurt you are, you're going to keep going. There is no stopping," Gorski told the girls.
"Before, I would have just sat there and let him take me because I would be too scared to hurt him," said Megan , a Charlotte 9th grader.
"These type of classes, you should have preparing for high school and college so that you're ready because anything can happen to you at any moment," said Mariah Kennedy, a Charlotte 8th grader.
According to the Department of Justice, one out of every six women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape.
That hits home for Donna Gaskin.
"At least 10 people I know have been raped in a lot of different situations," said Gaskin.
That's why she and her three daughters are taking the class and giving it all they got.
"They know they can protect themselves and there's no thought - they have do it and do it fast," said Gorski.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in about 80 percent of attempted rape cases, girls with self-defense training avoided sexual contact.
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