Assemblymember Salas Hosts Self-Defense Class for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Free classes teach self-defense skills, resources & services for survivors
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) teamed up with Camarillo Jiu Jitsu, a local martial arts school in Bakersfield, to host a free self-defense class for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. About thirty community members showed up to learn self-defense techniques and learn about domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, and to socialize and get a little exercise while raising awareness for domestic violence.
“We need to empower women and survivors,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Learning skills and techniques to protect themselves through self-defense classes is one of the ways we can empower women and help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.”
One of the morning’s participants in the self-defense class, Chelsea Horsey, said, “This morning’s local event was empowering and inspirational! Although the event was centered around a serious topic such as self-defense, it was a fun opportunity to meet other women within the community that feel just as passionate about protecting themselves against predators.”
The participants at the event trained with Camarillo Jiu Jitsu experts to learn self-defense techniques. Assemblymember Salas also provided updates on recent legislation related to domestic violence and sexual assault, and spoke about services that are available for survivors.
Another of the morning’s participants, Erin O’Hara, said of the event, “It was a great experience. I really liked how everything was taught. It was broken down into simple movements that made it easy to apply when it came time to practice.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
“One in three women are victims of domestic violence,” Assemblymember Salas continued. “No victim should feel alone. Help is out there. Last year, I authored a bill that was signed into law that will help victims of abuse by training hair stylists about connecting victims with the appropriate services.”
Last year, Assemblymember Salas authored Assembly Bill (AB) 326, a domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention bill that promotes awareness and training for hair stylists and salon professionals to connect victims of abuse with help and assistance through local services and resources. In addition, this year the state budget included $10 million in new funding for Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Prevention and $10 million for temporary housing solutions for survivors fleeing domestic violence.
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