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Sex Attacks Lead to Rise in Women Learning Martial Arts

A spate of sexual assaults and violent home invasions across Adelaide has sparked a self-defence boom as people learn how to protect themselves.
Parents of children bullied at school are also taking action to arm their children with self-defence skills.
Martial arts schools across Adelaide say more people are coming to them with concerns about becoming a victim of violent crime.
Women seem most concerned about their safety.
After seeing a girlfriend get assaulted. Holly Matthews decided she wanted to be able to protect herself.
Holly, 20, and her sister Amy, 24, started classes at Street Defensive Tactics in the city a month ago.
"We got hassled in the street and one of my girlfriends got smacked in the face," Holly said.
"I just got back from overseas and I would have liked to have done it before so I felt safe."
Amy said every girl should learn self-defence "especially lately with all the sexual assaults and rapes".
Street Defensive Tactics owner Graham Kuerschner said he had noticed more demand for classes in the past few months.
"There's a heightened sense of vulnerability and concern about personal safety," Mr Kuerschner said.
"The one that seems to concern most people is home invasion because it is an attack on them when they are in their own home. Women tend to be concerned about being attacked by a larger male, sometimes armed with a weapon. With men, it's normally that they have been involved in some sort of incident in public or in a bar."
Mr Kuerschner said it was generally people aged between 18 and 40 who approached sell-defence or martial arts schools.
Golden Knights Martial Arts Group's Gary MacRae said people today were increasingly aware of violent crime and many of their fears were well-founded.
"When a perpetrator tries to harm you there's not always going to be a police- man around," he said.

Adelaide Advertiser (8-12-2004)
Edith Bevin

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