Written by Katie Savior, director of financial aid
Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth students were invited to the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth campus to participate in a Sexual Assault Prevention presentation given by Jason Strauch, MSB-Plymouth’s health and fitness program chair. Jason is also the owner/operator of Foundations Defense Fitness, which offers military and martial arts training.
During the presentation, Jason shared some sexual assault facts with the students:
- Nearly 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported from 2006 to 2010: Too often, victims of violent crimes are afraid to report the incident; this number is thought to be particularly high with male victims.
- In 2005-2010, 78% of sexual violence involved an offender who was a family member, intimate partner, friend or acquaintance: “Acquaintance” encompasses a pretty broad range of people such as a friend of a friend or someone you have seen around the gym.
- In 2005-2010, the offender was armed with a gun, knife or other weapon in only 11% of rape or sexual assault victimization’s
According to Jason and Foundations Defense Fitness, self-defense comes in four phases:
- White – at home (feeling relaxed, comfortable and safe)
- Yellow – constant state of preparedness (being aware of what is going on around you and possible escape routes if a threat presents itself)
- Orange – threat identified (once you’ve identified a threat, let them know you see them by making eye contact)
- Red – survival mode (if attacked, put into practice the self-defense moves you have been taught)
Jason also took some time to show the students and staff some easy self-defense moves. One particular move focused on not expending your energy trying to keep your legs together if a “perp” forces you down, but rather to use that energy to get away from them.
MSC student Kayla Probst says, “The self-defense class wasn’t just educational—it was hands on. He really showed us how to get away if we ever find ourselves in a bad situation.”