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NEW KINGSTOWN — Felicia Fowler once came very close to becoming a statistic among the women attacked every year.

“I was almost in a situation,” she recalled. “Luckily someone intervened. I was very scared at that moment because I did not have the knowledge.”

The Hampden Township woman recently attended a self-defense seminar held at the Crone’s Tae Kwon Do School in New Kingstown.

The two-hour seminar focused on strategies women can use to avoid danger, defuse conflict and be more aware of their surroundings.

There was also instruction on how to use pressure points on the body combined with self-defense techniques to fend off or escape from an attacker.

“Having daughters, I know the things that can happen,” Master Chuck Crone said. “I want women to be empowered if they ever run into a problem.”

For Fowler, the seminar was also an opportunity for her daughters to learn how to better protect themselves.

“It will make me feel more comfortable when they are out there on their own,” she said. “Our world is not getting any safer. We need to prepare them.”

She said that her 13-year-old daughter Kristen Beihoff has come to the age where she is going out more with her friends without being accompanied by parents. Her older daughter, Courtney Baker, is 22 years old and has friends that were placed in situations where a self-defense course would have come in handy.

Being able to defend oneself in college was something of particular interest to Boiling Springs High School sophomore Whitney Allen, who was at the seminar.

“I just want to be prepared in case anything happens,” she said. “My mother has told me that a lot of people are attacked in college.”

Susan Allen said she was pleased to know that 50 percent of the fee to attend the seminar was donated to Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties.

By taking the seminar, Fowler said her daughters are not only helping themselves, but also helping other women.

“If every business owner donated something to the community in some way, we would have a much better community,” Crone said.

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