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UT murder spikes interest in SFA’s free self-defense classes

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Since the death of University of Texas college student Haruka Weiser, college campuses across the country have been on high alert.      

Right here in deep East Texas, SFAs police department wants to ensure the safety of women in East Texas.

“Any and everybody needs to take a class like this,” Kimberly Odem, a participant said.


In efforts to prevent a campus attack like the one that took place at the UT in Austin. SFA’S Rape Aggression Defense program, also known as R.A.D, offers women self-defense classes.

“Incidents happen like that every day, it’s just that one happen to be close to home,” Heather Howell, SFA police Department’s administrative assistant said. “I hope this class becomes more popular because of that incident and they realize how important it is.”

“With things changing now-a-days on campus, and different laws coming into place, having this in our hands is just great,” Odem said.

Howell said one of the main reasons this class is exclusively for women is because females are more likely to be targets.

“If someone is to be targeted, and someone was to approach them that they don’t want to be approached by they’ll be prepared and be able to save themselves,” Howell said.

“I wanted to see what it was all about, and I thought, I’m a small female, it would be extremely helpful to learn how to stop a perp,” Jessica Waguespack, the employee wellness coordinator at SFA said.

One thing that the women who left this class had in common was the boost of self-confidence.

“They come out of the class excited,” Waguespack said. “They feel more confident and kind of educated on what to look for in the environment.”

“After taking this class, over and over, now feel confident in myself, Howell said. “That’s what’s so great about this class, is you can attend and take it as many times as you want. The more times you come the better off you are.”


This class isn’t only limited to SFA students, the organization invites any woman in East Texas to take their free self-defense class. If you are interested in hosting a self-defense class with R.A.D or would like to find out their schedule you can contact them at 936-468-2608.

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