Women Take SHARP Moves to Fight Back

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

COLLEGE STATION, Texas It's a two-day course designed to arm women with the knowledge and skills they need to get out of a potentially life-threatening situation.

Texas A&M and the Brazos County Sheriff's Office have teamed up to offer the Sexual Harrassment Rape Prevention (SHARP) class.

The class is free, and takes about six hours over the course of two days to complete. According to the Texas A&M website, Part one of the class is lecture- based and teaches women how the body reacts in high-stress situations, and techniques to deal with sexual harassment. Part Two teaches women things like pressure points, how to break a variety of holds, and gives women the chance to try out the skills learned in the class.

Kristi Hosea with the Texas A&M Police Department said the techniques are easy to learn, but very effective.

"They're ready for any type of situation," said Hosea. "Whether it's sexual harrassment, someone that's too touchy feely, somebody that gets in their comfort zone. We teach them how to get out of those situations."

Claudia Vergara, a freshman at Texas A&M, said she felt more confident after taking the class. She said she hopes other women will do the same.

"Don't be, oh, I'm not going to be that girl," said Vergara. "You never know. So just be ready. Take a class."

Classes are offered to students at Texas A&M, and to the general public at the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. For a schedule, click on the link at the bottom of this story.

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