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Cosmetology Students Get Defensive!

Posted by on May 22, 2014

Written by Katie Savior, director of financial aid

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

MSC students with Jason Strauch, MSB-Plymouth’s health and fitness program chair

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.”

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