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Women in Hilliard learning to fight back at self defense class

Many of the women said they registered for the class after learning about the murder of Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes and the German Village attacks. (WSYX/WTTE)

Nearly 20 women took part in a self defense class Thursday night inside the Hilliard Police Department.

Many of the women said they registered for the class after learning about the murder of Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes and the German Village attacks.

"It has a lot to do with it. I want to make sure I'm self-sufficient and that I can take care of myself," said Diana Yeager, who was one of the participants.

Police said if you're ever out at night, have someone with you and always check your surroundings. They added it's a good idea to have a whistle or other noise device to help distract your attacker.

"Play it out in your mind ahead of time so that you'll be ready to act quicker. Don't walk alone try to have someone with you."

Another option is a little pocket flashlight so that you can light up and check the area before you even approach your vehicle," said Hilliard Police Lt. Doug Lightfoot.

The department will have another round of self defense classes for women July and August of this year.



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