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Soroptimists host class for teens, young adults to avoid danger when it finds them

COURTESY PHOTO: BROOKE CAGLE ON UNSPLASH - Soroptimists will host a class for young people on Saturday, Oct. 19, so they can learn how to protect themselves if trouble finds them. The Soroptimist International of Gresham is presenting a program to help young people protect themselves from assault.

The program called "Be Strong, Be Safe," which is appropriate for both young women and men ages teens and older, "an overview of how to protect themselves from violent situations such as abduction or date rape," said Pam Arvidson, a Soroptimist organizing the event.

The program runs from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Visual Arts Theater at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

The program will features clips from the film "Just Yell Fire," a widely distributed movie with the message "that a girl who knows her rights and how to stand up for herself is the front line defense against sexual assault, dating violence, hate crimes, human trafficking, date rape drugs and other dangers facing girls in high school and college," promotional materials for the film said.

There will be speakers and demonstrations in self-defense tactics.

Attendees will learn what happens when law enforcement becomes involved in a situation.

Admission is free, but Soroptimists ask that attendees bring a new or gently used bra. The bras are donated to international nonprofit organization Free the Girls. Women in less-developed countries sell the bras in shops to make money to support themselves and their children.

Arvidson said the program "is designed to educate not to scare."

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