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SELF DEFENSE STAY AWARE IMPACT Chicago shares how awareness can be one of your best tools of defense in necessary situations. impactchicago.org

BY EMILY LUFT

an end to violence and offers programs all year long to teach about fear management, threat assessment, verbal strength and tools of last resort. Here are some important tips to remember: + If confronted, use your voice. Say “no” and “leave me alone” in a clear and concise manner. Don’t lose your temper or use unnecessary language. Be loud and clear to get out your message. Your voice is your number one tool in self-defense. + Be aware. If you’re talking on your phone or listening to music and not paying attention, then you have no way to know if you are in danger. Remove your distractions and actively evaluate what’s going on around

you. Be aware of your surroundings. + Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, remove yourself from the situation. + If necessary, fight back. Don’t be passive. Think your hard parts to their soft parts. Women shouldn’t be attacked. Violence against women shouldn’t exist. Until a simple “No!” is enough, there are ways to empower yourself. That is IMPACT’s message and one worth spreading. To learn more about the organization or classes offered, visit IMPACT Chicago’s website at impactchicago.org or their Facebook page.

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IT’S UNFORTUNATE violence against women exists. What’s worse is women are often blamed for it. Wearing a short skirt or a low-cut shirt is considered ‘asking for it.’ People instruct young women not to go out at night alone as if every person on the street is out to get them. Is society giving permission to continue the violence? “What women wear doesn’t matter,” says Amanda Crawford of IMPACT Chicago. “It’s not a woman’s fault violence is committed against her.” Founded in 1987, IMPACT Chicago is a not-for-profit organization, consisting of volunteers who teach women and men about self-defense. IMPACT strives to put

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