WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. From Paul Feiner, Town of Greenburgh Supervisor.July 13, 2015:
To the Editor:
Sexual assaults on college campuses have become part of the national conversation. An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years –one in five, President Obama noted last September as he launched the “It’s on Us” campaign to prevent campus sexual assault.
What can be done? The New York State Board of Regents and the State Legislature should mandate that schools across New York State provide all Middle School and High School students with education on self defense techniques and situational awareness to help reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of an attack. If students are taught self defense techniques as part of their athletic (gym) programs – young women will be in a better position to protect themselves if the need occurs.
In the meantime – I’d like to invite students to a free program that the Town of Greenburgh is sponsoring that is open to all: a series of self defense seminars will be held on Saturday July 25 and Saturday August 1 from 1-3pm at the administration building of Anthony F. Veteran Park, Heatherdell Road, Ardsley. Participants will learn basic self-defense techniques from Steve Sohn of Steve Sohn Krav Maga Muay Thai Fitness Training Center and hear a presentation from Officer Dandreano of the Greenburgh Police department. Officer Dandreano will be giving tips on how to stay situationally aware to avoid dangerous situations and instructing participants on the proper ways to react if they do find themselves in danger. This initiative will provide residents of all ages with the skills to stay safe in a variety of environments, from college campuses to local streets to the workplace.
Participants will learn basic strikes and moves that they will be able to use in a variety of settings and situations, both in and outside of Greenburgh. The hope is that we can enhance the safety of our residents both in their local neighborhoods and elsewhere by providing them with the skills to avoid dangerous situations.
Those who wish to participate should wear sneakers and athletic wear and tie long hair back. Participants will be required to sign a waiver (attached) and bring it on the day of the event. (Participants under 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian). To sign up, please firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and age (or the name and age of your child). This program is being organized by Emily Salwen, a student intern.