Boulder Junction Public Library

Winter Wellness - Personal Security & Self-Defense

From March 13, 2018 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
Categories: Adult events
Winter in the Northwoods can be beautiful - and difficult! Attend these free presentations to learn ways to support your health and wellness all winter long. All programs are held on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 pm.

On Tuesday, March 13, Frauna Schroeder will be presenting "Personal Security, Assault Prevention and Self-Defense”. This presentation is intended to empower women by increasing their personal safety awareness, knowledge and skills. It includes an overview of assertiveness skills, security tips to help you avoid becoming the target of a personal crime, and a variety of options for responding to an actual assault.

Frauna Schroeder, who is also our Library Assistant, has had a long interest and involvement in crime prevention and victims’ rights. She served for one year as a volunteer Victim Advocate for the Clackamas County (Oregon) District Attorney. In that role she responded to the needs of survivors of violent crimes and their families at the time of the incident, and later supported them throughout their dealings with law enforcement and judicial systems.

As a result of her experiences as a Victim Advocate, Frauna decided to focus on ways to help people avoid becoming victims in the first place. She spent the next six years as a volunteer presenter and instructor in the Portland Police Bureau’s Sexual Assault Prevention Program. In that role, she taught personal security and avoidance skills, with an emphasis on using assertiveness to prevent becoming a victim of violent crime. In addition, she taught hands-on self-defense techniques which can be modified for use by women of all ages and abilities.

Using the expertise gained in PPB’s program, Frauna and another volunteer formed a company called WomenSafe, which offered assertiveness, crime prevention and self-defense training to the employees of companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. Although she sold her share of the business to her partner after two years, she has continued to teach classes upon request.

Registration is not required but would be appreciated. For more information or to register, please call the library at 715-385-2050.

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