Wheeling, W.Va. (WTRF)- Odds are you or someone you know may experience sexual violence at some point in their lives. You may not be able to avoid the situation, but advocates say you can stand up for yourself.
Only women and children can take the class. But advocates say those aren’t the only ones victim to it. So are men, and if you’re ever facing sexual violence, this class teaches you how to react in a way that could save yourself.
“We, women, need to wake up and give ourselves a voice and give ourselves permission to act.”CC Roxby, self-defense instructor
CC Roxby isn’t being quiet in a world where more than one and three woman and nearly one and four men face sexual violence, according to the CDC.
“What does that tell you about the level of underreported crime there is in our Valley, and what does that tell you about the insidious nature of the toxic masculinity that we’re dealing with here.”CC Roxby, self-defense instructor
She’s not just a sexual violence advocate, but she teaches self-defense, especially for those that encounter sexual violence.
Chances are not everyone facing a situation like that knows how to defend themselves, and to other advocates like herself, that’s concern.
“It’s a huge concern for us because a lot of individuals feel like they’re not able to or be comfortable to protect themselves.”Ashley Carpenter, advocate
While it might not be possible to avoid a situation like that altogether, there are ways to stand up for yourself.
“I only teach women what absolutely works.”CC Roxby, self-defense instructor
Her self-defense class teaches a range of topics, anywhere from Preventative and proactive strategies to the psychology behind why women react the way they do in sexual violence situations.
“The importance of the seminars is waking ourselves, our children, and the men in our community up to the fact that When someone touches in a way that’s inappropriate, it’s okay to stand up and react.”CC Roxby, self-defense instructor
And in turn, both Carpenter and Roxby believe you’ll know how to react and defend yourself if you’re ever in a sexually violence situation
Roxby says the class is all free, and, with COVID, it’s also virtual.
If you’d like to learn how to defend yourself, go to the Upper Ohio Valley SAHC Facebook page, and a zoom link to the class is under the event page. It’s from 2 to 4 this Saturday.
If you can’t make this one, they’ll be another one Saturday, May 8th.