1 in 5 college girls sexually assaulted; protection expert to offer safety tips to high school girls

ROCKWALL – Rape on college campuses is a huge national problem.

One in five women is sexually assaulted in college, according to a study funded by the U.S. Justice Department. Still other young women become victims of dating violence and street crime.

One way to reduce the chances that your college-age daughter will become a victim is to send her to “Safety Strategies for Young Women” seminars, coming May 22, 6:30-9 pm, at Allure Restaurant at Chandler’s Landing in Rockwall.

Nationally-known self-protection expert Jeff McKissack (shown above) of Dallas-based Defense By Design will return to Rockwall to lead these Survival 101 seminars for college, work, dating & relationships, geared especially for girls, 18-24, and their mothers. Girls do not actually have to be in college to come.

He spoke last year to an overflow audience in Rockwall at the Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel to over 100 employees and local residents.

A certified self-protection instructor and author with over 20 years of teaching experience, McKissack has trained over 350,000 adults and teens in live audiences across the country. He is used locally by our ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates in DFW for his expertise and experience in preventing violent crime.

He is a member of the North Texas Crime Commission and consultant to several professional agencies. For years he served as the national representative for the critically-acclaimed Child Lures Crime Prevention Program.

He describes his seminars by saying: “I teach you how to spot trouble before trouble spots you.”

“This is a seminar preparing young women who are leaving or have left home and entering either the collegiate or working world. The purpose is to develop and/or enhance critical thinking skills should she be placed in a compromising if not threatening situation, learning to see these things before they happen, and thus hopefully avoiding them altogether.”

Click here to see a short YouTube video of him speaking on TV

Online registration is encouraged because space is limited. The cost is $100 per girl and $50 per mother, including a complete dinner, printed seminar materials, McKissack’s book and sponsor literature.

Local sponsors are State Sen. Bob Deuell, Rockwall Healthy Solutions Weight Loss, Horizon Auto Center, The RockwallNews.com and Allure Restaurant. More are expected and welcome.

Register and pay online at:  http://safetystrategies4youngwomen-autohome.eventbrite.com.

Attendees can also register and pay at the door by calling J.J. Smith at TheRockwallNews.com at 214-317-1718.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Dallas-based Americans Ending Abuse, whose Board and Advisory Council members include Sen. Deuell and Rockwall Co. Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper.

The non-profit organization worked with Sen. Deuell and State Rep. Cindy Burkett to have a new Texas law passed in 2011, making it illegal for parents and guardians to show porn to their children.

They also arranged hundreds of news stories state and nationwide explaining the need for the new law, which was passed unanimously by the State legislature.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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