A clinic Saturday will teach women how to avoid being targets for sexual assault, and how to fight off an attacker.
Anne Marie Mihalkanin and her husband Mike will teach basic Krav Maga, a martial arts form focused on self defense.
"Every woman should learn what to do when they're assaulted," says Anne Marie, who's been teaching Krav Maga for more than 20 years.
The class is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which runs through April.
Statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center show that 1 in 5 women in the US have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lives. And almost half of women in the US say they've experienced some kind of sexual victimization. Those are stats the Mihalkanins want to change.
"It's important for women to know they have the right to defend themselves."
The class is from 12:30 to 3:30 at MMA Academy in Sorrento Valley. It's open to women ages 16 and up and costs $29. The registration fees will all be donated to POC Enterprises, a non-profit that works with women on empowerment and safety issues. To sign up, go to www.pocenterprises.org.