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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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Landmark Senior Organizes Self-Defense Class for Women

When students attend college information sessions or tours, they usually hear about the measures schools take to make sure their campuses are safe. Landmark senior Lizzy MacMannis wants to take control of her own safety, so she organized a self-defense class for female faculty and staff.

Fifteen women participated in the class held on December 16. Members of the Beverly and Manchester Police Departments led the class, teaching students how to predict and identify potentially violent situations and how to defend themselves if they are attacked.

"One of the biggest things colleges touch upon during presentations is whether or not the campus is safe," Lizzy said. "It made me think that it doesn't matter how safe the campus is. As a woman, I will always be vulnerable. I wanted to start the class so other young women who are moving into college can feel safe and confident in their abilities to protect themselves. The course helped me gain confidence in myself and my ability to stop an attack before it occurs." 

Emily MacMannis, Lizzy's twin sister, also took the course. She was equally satisfied with what she learned. "Since taking the class, I feel like I know exactly what to do in any situation that might come, which gives me peace of mind since I am going off to college next year," she said.