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Students at Ohio University Zanesville attended a self-defense class on Tuesday.

Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State Public Safety Director Beth Hayes led the class aimed to educate female students about self-defense and how to prevent attacks from happening.

Hayes said to the Times Recorder, “The biggest thing for us is to prevent the attack before it even occurs. If we can prevent the opportunity, we can prevent the attack. … The only confrontation you are guaranteed to survive is the one you’re never involved in.”

According to Hayes, one of the most important thing women can do to protect themselves is to always be present in the moment. This means that when walking, it’s important to keep your head up, your eyes scanning the environment and staying off the phone.

Women also need to prepare themselves for the possibility of being attacked. Hayes teaches her students to fight back physically, using wrist and shirt grabs as well as various skill-based kicks and punches to disarm an attacker that will likely be larger and stronger than them.

The class was started a few years ago as part of Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State’s Safety Week.

For more information, visit ZanesvilleTimesRecorder.com.

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