WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the topic of sexual harassment and assault against women continues to dominate headlines across the country, the West Orange Police Department is partnering with the West Orange Recreation Department (WOPD), West Orange Public Schools and one of the nation’s leading martial arts instructors on April 22 to provide a free session focused on everyday safety tips and tricks and basic “street safety” self-defense techniques for teens and women ages 13 and older.

As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Orange High School Tarnoff Gymnasium.

“The safety of our community is our first priority,” said West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi. “We’re happy to bring this important, potentially life-saving session to the residents of West Orange featuring our bravest and finest officers.”

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The session will kick-off with members of the WOPD offering important everyday safety tips for teens and women to practice in their everyday lives. They will learn important tips like where to hold their keys as they approach your car, the safest way to walk on campus at night, online/social media best practices and more.

A hands-on training session led by the U.S. Ambassador to the Krav Maga Federation, Denis Watson and his staff from Mobile 1 Krav Maga will follow. Watson will teach real-life techniques that teens/women of all ages will be able to pick-up and practice in their everyday life.

Participants will learn techniques on how to escape chokes, attempted abductions, how best to deal with overly aggressive colleagues and more. Everyone is encouraged to dress in comfortable/workout attire. Refreshments/snacks will be provided.

“We hope for the best, and train for the worst,” said Watson. “Everything we will teach in this and every session focuses on one goal and one goal only, getting home safely.”

The session is open to the whole community, but registration is required at www.westorange.org/rec.

For more information, contact the West Orange Rec Department at (973) 325-4150.