Being Aware of One's Surroundings is Key to Avoiding an Assault

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Why Great Falls, Montana Women took a Self Defense Class 

"Our environment is changing," Northeast Montana Health Services spokeswoman Tina Strauser said. "We need to be more aware of what's going on here."

"This is not a scare tactic, but a chance to be aware of what's around us being aware of one's surroundings is key to avoiding an assault.

"We need to be smart, we need to be wise — and always be prepared," said the New York native.

She encouraged the female audience to go to the Montana Department of Justice website and look at the registered sex offenders who may be in their towns or neighborhoods.
With the increasing warm weather, women are going for walks or runs more, and should be prepared when they leave the house. They also should always tell someone a return time and avoid night-time runs, Kraul said.
When shopping at a store, ask an employee to walk you to your car.

"If they say 'no,' ask someone else. Or you could wait for a group of people who are walking out and ask them if you could follow along. There's safety in numbers," Kraul said.
hold your set of keys and form a fist with a key between the fingers. "It's an excellent self-defense tool because you can gouge or scratch," she said.

Kraul also showed various parts of the body that can be attacked when fighting off an assailant. She told class participants to not be squeamish while defending themselves.

"The idea is to never give up (in case of an attack). Keep fighting, fighting and fighting. It's gonna be crazy when you're fighting for your life," Kraul said.

Elder said the workshop helped her realize that a person doesn't need brute strength to fight off an attacker.

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