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Women and girls learn to be prepared, not scared

Published: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 11:33 a.m. CST

Martial artist and retired police lieutenant Tom Scott was motivated by the birth of his first granddaughter last year to offer a female safety workshop. Scott will lead the Daughter Safe Self-Protection Workshop from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA.

Daughter Safe is for women and girls 6 and older. It teaches mental preparedness, assertiveness, self-defense and Internet safety. This is a high-energy workshop with lots of hands-on training, not a lecture series. At the end of the program participants will be tired, sore and empowered. Students can choose when and how much they participate, but should dress comfortably and bring a water bottle.

Scott will be assisted by police officers, physical protection professionals and Safe Passage education counselors. Girls younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Other than instructors, no males will be allowed unless they are the guardian of a participant younger than 18. Those men will be expected to participate in a group discussion on the male role in supporting female safety in our society.

Class size is limited. Registration is $10 for Y members and $15 for nonmembers. Register by calling 815-756-9577 or visiting

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