According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexual assault, violence and stalking are major public health problems in the U.S. Statistics show that an estimated 13 percent of all women have experienced unwanted sexual contact at some point in their lives. One local martial arts expert is empowering women by giving them the tools to fight back.

“I was attacked on the beach in October, and I lived and got away,” said Santa Monica resident Dana Romaniuk.

Romaniuk is an avid runner. She didn’t let a brutal assault stop her. Instead, she decided to fight back.

“I have to get out there and start running again and not let this affect my life and not let my attacker kind of win,” said Romaniuk.

Source: Lori Corbin for KABC-TV Los Angeles

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