Free Self-Defense Workshop Hosted by Assemblymember Salas
BAKERSFIELD – On Saturday, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) hosted a free Self-Defense Workshop in Kern County at the Bakersfield Police Activities League. The workshop included lessons in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu from local expert, Angela Marino, who helped teach attendees about public safety awareness and self-defense tactics.
“In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it is an important time to learn more about public safety and how we can better protect ourselves,” said Assemblymember Salas. “More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by a partner within their lifetime. It is crucial that we continue to educate and provide resources that help our community learn more about public safety and self-defense.”
Senate Concurrent Resolution 76 (SCR 76) recognized October 2019 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, 32.9% of California women and 27.3% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
One of the self-defense class attendees, Linda Moore, talked about what she learned at the class and how she would be able to share that knowledge with family and friends. “I thought it was interesting to learn self-defense,” Moore said. “When my granddaughter told my daughter about it, I said, ‘Well is it free?’ They said, ‘Yeah.’ So I said, ‘I want to go too!’ I decided I wanted to be a part of this and learn to protect myself. It’s important for me to know and to be able to share with your family, and share with your friends, so you could protect yourself and your loved ones."
Assemblymember Salas supported landmark legislation this year to increase the statute of limitations for victims of domestic violence. Senate Bill 273 (Rubio), which passed with bipartisan support, will increase training for peace officers for domestic violence cases and gives authorities five years instead of three to prosecute abuses for which new evidence emerges. The 2019-20 state budget also included $5 million for the Family Violence Prevention Program to expand domestic and sexual violence prevention efforts. In addition, Assemblymember Salas authored Assembly Bill (AB) 326 in 2017, a domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention bill that promotes awareness and training for salon professionals to connect victims of abuse with help and assistance through local services and resources.
Self-Defense Workshops provide an open setting where individuals can learn more about public safety and protection. These events also serve as an opportunity to discuss legislation and how we can improve public safety in our communities.
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.