**For Immediate Release** Sexual Assault Prevention & Self-Defense Course By Danae Moore on 09/13/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—A Sexual Assault Prevention and Self-Defense Course is being offered on the campus of OPSU on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at 7:00 pm in the Student Union Ballroom. Females of all ages are welcome to attend and the course is free.

The foundation for this course is a scientifically based self-defense system called the S.P.E.A.R. System (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response). The S.P.E.A.R. System utilizes the body's natural flinches and reactions to fear or violence and then converts these reactions into efficient tactical choices. Pioneered by Tony Blauer, this method is currently being adopted by major law enforcement and military training units across the globe.

Andy Ramirez, Goodwell Chief of Police, is the lead instructor for this hands-on class. Female officers from local law enforcement departments as well as students in the OPSU Collegiate Officer Program (COP) are assisting Ramirez.

The first part of the class is focused on safety tips such as how to recognize and avoid a situation. During the second half, participants learn protective tactics.

To register go to the OPSU Student Affairs Office in Sewell-Loofbourrow Room 101. For questions contact Jessica Lofland at jlofland@opsu.edu or 580-349-1362.