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Former Police Officer Talks Campus Sexual Assault and Rape

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Former Office and Founder of Empowered Defense Tonda Linsey gives tips and advice on what to do if you are experiencing physical and sexual assault and/or are dealing with domestic violence.

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Hello everyone!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault awareness is a critical issue, especially on college campuses.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, there were 16,977 VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Offenses on college campuses in 2017.

I think it is critical that women know what to do if they find themselves in a threatening situation. So, I decided to interview Tonda Linsey. Tonda is a self-defense Instructor, former veteran police officer & entrepreneur.

She created an organization called Empowered Defense that educates, trains, and liberates women and girls around the country in Self-Defense, to be able to save themselves.

Check out our interview below! She gives awesome advice that will help so many people who are currently dealing with this issue, or could encounter it in the future.

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