Self-Defense Class at OUZ and Zane State

by Bill Hughes on October 21, 2014 at 7:07 am

Campus Safety Days at the Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State campus ended Tuesday afternoon with a female safety session.

The session aimed at teaching women the importance of skill and technique rather than strength. Director of Public Safety at the Zanesville campus, Bethany Hayes, said being mentally prepared is very important.

"We have a different mentality of it’s not going to be happening to me, but it is a possibility that it could happen to me," said Hayes. "When you really look at the statistic it is actually really alarming to see how many women are being affected by this and even males."

Hayes said that 75 percent of female victims know their attacker before hand. Speed, surprise and inducing violence are the three factors Hayes highlighted to create relief and be able to escape. She said you do have the right to fight back.

"It’s very important to me that we empower the community members that we reside with, and it was really good for women to have this knowledge, and know what they should do," said Hayes. "We’re taught to be submissive our whole lives, this is just a different approach to if I’m attacked one how can I prevent it, but two, what do I actually do."

The Campus Public Safety Department is having its annual Stranger Danger and Halloween Safety event Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Littick hall gymnasium. It is free and open to the public.