Women empowered by rape defense class

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Posted: October 11, 2013

The Winchester Star

Shenandoah University student Kristina Troxel practices a kick while Smith holds a pad during Thursday night’s defense class.
Shenandoah University Public Safety Officer Adam Smith holds a pad while student Vanessa Melisi practices during a Rape Aggression Defense training class Thursday evening at the school. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Shenadoah University students Kristina Troxel (from left), Vanessa Milisi and Agnes Froehlich practice moves demonstrated by SU Public Safety Officer Kelcey Webster Thursday evening during the Rape Aggression Defense training class at the school. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — In a conference room on Shenandoah University’s campus, six women simultaneously used their hammerfists on an invisible attacker.

“No!” they yelled in unison.

The hammerfist is a...



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