Rep. Long Hosts Women's Self Defense Class at IVCC

Oglesby, IL…Today, State Representative Jerry Long (R-Streator) hosted a self-defense class for students at IVCC.  Students in attendance learned from martial arts expert and Illinois State University Police Officer Jeremy Butler. 17 female students attended the 2 hour class.
Photo courtesy of Ali Braboy and the LaSalle News-Tribune

“As a father of three daughters, I remember constantly being worried about their safety while at school,” Rep. Long stated. “Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. So I wanted to offer a class that would empower female students and give them the knowledge and confidence to thwart an attack. I look forward to offering this class again in the future.”

The class touched on many topics including the psychology of the attack, tactics to help identify a possibly dangerous situation, and how to break free and fight back. Further information about the instructor can be found at

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