2011-11-09 / Features

Van Bramer, Quinn Hold Self-Defense Course

On November 6, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and
city Council Speaker Christine Quinn, along with the Center for Anti-Violence Education
held a free, community-wide self-defense course at P.S. 11 in Woodside. 
Over 60 people attended to learn useful techniques for protecting themselves
against unwanted sexual assaults.
The course was in response to a string of groping attacks across the city,
specifically including the attacks that took place in Sunnyside and
Woodside. The 108th precinct has increased patrols, including plainclothes
patrols, in Sunnyside-Woodside in response to the incidents. Their
investigation continues and the councilmember in regular contact with the precinct
In addition to the self defense training Van Bramer has flyered in Sunnyside and
Woodside to alert the community to the crimes, their times, and locations.
The last know incident occurred October 7.
“I am pleased that so many women and girls took part in the self defense
training my office organized with Speaker Quinn. No woman is ever at fault
for an assault directed at her and we want to empower women with more
tools of defense so that no one feels unsafe in their own neighborhood. One
attack is one too many and we'll continue all of our efforts to catch this creep
and keep our Sunnyside-Woodside streets safe for all,” said Van Bramer.

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