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Botsford Offers Self Defense Course for Women

Novi, Mich. (October 2, 2009)---Learn to protect yourself against sexual assault and violence at an eight-week self defense course starting October 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. The class, held at the Botsford Center for Health Improvement in Novi, is designed for all women and girls age 16 and older. 
 
The course will teach prevention and preparedness using escapes, restraints, stand-up and vertical defense, and rolling techniques to release from an attacker. Participants will be able to empower themselves by learning and practicing real life self defense moves that are simple and effective. The class costs $80. 
 
Monica Pagels, Manager of the Botsford Center for Health Improvement, says, “You can’t change what others do, but you can change how you handle and react to them. This class will help prepare women to protect themselves.” 
 
More than a health club, The Botsford Center for Health Improvement offers a comprehensive wellness approach integrating fitness, lifestyle and behavior management with medical and clinical practices. To learn more about the Botsford Center for Health Improvement or to register for the self-defense course, please call (248) 473-3100 or log on to www.botsford.org/bchi. The Botsford Center for Health Improvement is located at 39750 Grand River Ave. in Novi. 
 
Sidebar: 
§ 1 out of 3 women will be raped in her lifetime. 
§ 85% of victims know their attacker. 
§ Only 2% of women who are raped will ever see their rapist spend a day in jail. 
§ The average rapist rapes 8 to16 women before he is ever caught. 
§ 84% of rapes go unreported.

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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