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.


   Each four-hour Escape Alive™ session consists of an “academic” component, as well as physical training and skills practice. Participants learn awareness tips, escape strategies, and kick, strike, and blow techniques designed to disable assailants and enable escape. Since 2009, more than one thousand women have participated in our Escape Alive™ classes. In 2013, we will begin offering Escape Alive™ classes at no cost to participants.

   NOTE: Participants must be at least 15 years of age, with the exception of designated mother/daughter classes, when participants must be at least 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult. All participants 17 yrs or younger must have parental permission,and be signed in by an adult on the day of the event. Upcoming events are…

• March 30th at the Beacon Falls Senior Center
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 57 North Main Street, Beacon Falls, CT

• April 13th at the Leever Regional Cancer Center
12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT

• April 27 at Mill Plain Union Church
12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. 242 Southmayd Road, Waterbury, CT

• May 18th at Tribury Karate and Fitness, Southbury
12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 1432 Old Waterbury Road, Southbury

   Call the Jane Doe No More office 1-203-729-0245 for more information or to register. And if you want to know more about what the class is like, clickon the link below to read the column written by Chelsea Murray when she took the class two years ago.