JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - According to an article from the Huffington Post, 1 in 5 women have been raped in the United States.
Cpl. Traci Simpson with Arkansas State University Police said teaching women defense skills can benefit them not only on a college campus but in everyday life situations.
"We teach them things not only to use on campus that can help them but off campus," said Simpson.
Simpson told Region 8 former students have come to her with stories on how the class had helped them from becoming a victim.
"I've had a young lady that was walking in the park in Little Rock and she was approached by a guy and said if she had not taken the class, she wouldn't have not known what to do," said Simpson.
The class is far more than just note taking. Instructors teach women a hands on approach to protecting themselves.
"We put them in a scenario where they have to actually fight off an attacker," she said.
Simpson said rape not only affects the victim but those close to them.
"It's kind of like throwing a pebble in a puddle of water," she said. "The survivor or the victim is the pebble and when it gets dropped in the water the ripples represents their family, their friends, their spouse, their children."