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Women learn about personal safety

By Monica Busch, Contributing Writer

Participants on the left raised their arms when they felt that their personal space was being violated, indicating exactly where the barriers of their comfort zones lay.

Westborough – On Jan. 4 and 5, women gathered in the event room at Tatnuck Bookseller to participate in “Empowering the Girls We Love: Personal Training 101,” a self-defense and safety training course offered through SAM Programs.

The program is headed by Ellen van Olden, president of SAM Programs; Michael Kaselouskas, a former Connecticut police officer; and Terry Smith, a Monadnock training developer. Together, they taught participants self-defense methods, statistics and facts behind personal safety. Women of all ages attended the sessions, which were filled with both laughter and learning as participants listened to stories, watched videos, and had hands-on experience in protecting themselves. The Westborough chapter of the program was organized by Alisa Stone, a Westborough mother who realized there were no safety training options for women in the area. (Photos/Monica Busch)

Mike Kaselouskas prepares the girls for their next drill, a lesson on personal space and what to do if a perpetrator violates their comfort zones.

Participants and their partners practice drills that will help them in dangerous situations.

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1 Comment for “Women learn about personal safety”

  1. I took part in a similar training session in my hometown and couldn’t believe how much I learned about self defense – it’s such a great program. I’ve carried pepper spray on me since I was in high school and felt comfortable with my safety but I’m now in a big city and looking to get a stun gun or tazer. I found some a fake cell phone stun guns that I’m thinking about getting: http://www.hughessecuritysolutions.com/best-sellers/istun-cell-phone-self-defense-stun-guns-black-3-8m/ Does anyone have any experience with these fake cell phone stun guns? Have you found them effective? Or do you recommend a standard stun gun?

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