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West Ashley studio offers free class to combat sexual assault

WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - In honor of sexual assault month, West Ashley studio Charleston Krav Maga is offering a free self defense class to women age 12 and up.

According the United States Department of Justice, more than 2.5 million women experience violence each year.

"You have to do something," said studio instructor Matt Robinson.

"If I do something, I'm guaranteed a result of some kind, and usually in my favor," he said.

There's an 86 percent rate of success if a person fights back."

Charleston Krav Maga has partnered with area non-profit Charleston Fight for Hope to provide the free sessions.  At just over a year old, the group offers counseling and outreach projects to women impacted by sexual violence.

"It's amazing how many of these women have brought Matt and myself to tears, and saying you have no idea how it feels to walk with my chin up again," said Ashley Bird, of Charleston Fight for Hope.

"If something did happen we would at least be able to have a fighting chance," added Nancy Ross, who attended two of the four sessions. 

Ross said she also brought her teenage daughter, as an added means of security before heading off to college.

The free classes will continue through the end of April.  For more information, visit Charlestonfightforhope.org.

The group will also host, "Rock Against Rape," on April 26, a day of music to benefit survivors of sexual violence.

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