They're training in the art of self-defense. Hundreds of women answering the call to prepare for the unthinkable. That call has come from Kelly Herron, the 36-year-old who's become something of a folk hero in Seattle after fighting off a would be rapist in a public bathroom.
It happened on March 5th. She was left bruised and battered, but ultimately won the day.>> This is where I was clawing his face and screaming at him.>> Herron says she was taught to be loud and fight like a savage in self-defense training just three weeks before the attacked.
It worked. She defeated her male assailant and locked him in the bathroom, where he was arrested.>> This happened to me in the middle of the day. It was a Sunday afternoon. So, you always need to be aware of your surroundings and be prepared, but not live in fear.
]>> Jordan Giarratano owns a karate kickboxing school that prepared Herron.>> I identified a need for a more embodied, more feminist oriented self-defense workshop that also provided practical real world skills.>> Scores of women say they are now choosing education over fear, inspired by Herron's story.
>> I came today because I heard Kelly's story and I connected with her. I'm a runner. And I thought that it was just a really practical and useful tip to have.>> Herron says, during the attack her inner warrior came out strong.>> She is there to stand up and say, not today!
>> Internet searches for the course have increased tenfold, and thanks to Heron's story, many more Seattle women say they feel empowered by what they've learned.