EUGENE, Ore. — A program is helping little girls protect themselves.
Flower Power Self-Defense for Girls is a program targeted at young girls ages 5 to 12.
The executive director says one in four girls will be assaulted by someone they know by the age of 18. She believes teaching them while they’re young can help bring those numbers down.
“To reach girls at 5 years old and give them skills, they may prevent violence for the rest of their lives if they have the skills,” said Tonya Valadez, Program Executive Director.
The six-week courses are more than just physical. Students are also taught a number of other self-defense skills.