Rogers Police Teach Women Self-Defense

Posted: November 4, 2013 at 2:09 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Donna Culpepper, left foreground, and Beverly Luper, right, practice self-defense techniques on Saturday Nov. 2 2013 that involve bending a foe's fingers. Cpl. Anthony Christiano watches their technique during the self-defense class for women held at the Rogers Police Department.

Women from all walks of life turned out Saturday morning to learn how to defend themselves from unwanted sexual advances and sexual assaults during the Rogers Police Department’s first Sexual Harassment, Rape and Prevention course, or SHARP.

By The Numbers

Sexual Assaults

During the Rogers Police Department self-defense class, women learned most sexual assaults are not committed by strangers — they are committed by people the victims know, Rogers Police Department spokesman Keith Foster said.

Two out of three rapes were committed by someone the victim knew.

73 percent of sexual assaults were by someone the victim knew.

38 percent of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.

Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network;

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