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Emma Girls Practice Self Defense Skills

Last week, Self Defense Instructor Corinna Caracci came to Emma Willard School to teach Emma students how to defend themselves against physical violence and verbal harassment.
“Over 80 percent of women who are introduced to self defense will use it if they are in a situation that calls for it,” she said. Over three days, Corinna taught girls to use their voices, prepare a self-defense plan, and to counteract media and messaging that imply that women are not capable of defending themselves. In workshops, students learned different ways to get away from an attacker.
Corinna is the Director of Residential Life at SUNY New Paltz, and heads the school’s Safe Campus Outreach Prevention & Education (SCOPE) program. 

View more photos of the training here. 

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