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Dozens of women inspired by #MeToo movement take part in empowerment seminar

Dozens of women inspired by #MeToo movement take part in empowerment seminar. (KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and on Saturday, dozens of women inspired by the #MeToo movement took part in a seminar the focused on prevention.

Just off the side of a quiet South Lake Union street, the fight for women's empowerment is getting physical.

What they're learning is Krav Maga, a self defense technique. What they are gaining is power.

"I think it's really confidence boosting because there's something about being in a room with other women that are using their voice, getting into these stances that I think really gives you the power in the moment to do that and to not give up," Genevieve Livingston said.

Livingston is like most of the 60 or so women at the class, maybe some self defense knowledge, but with a renewed sense of importance.

For Livingston, it was an attack in her neighborhood.

"I heard about an incident near Golden Gardens and I live not too far from there, so this is in honor of that," Livingston said.

Catherine Buck is one of the owners of Krav Maga Seattle. Saturday was their fourth annual women's empowerment seminar.

She says the #MeToo movement has made women more aware of the need for these skills. Buck says good posture, eye contact and walking with confidence are places to start.

"Be aware of your surroundings, maybe not having your earbuds in so much, if you can't hear your surroundings, you're going to be an easier target," she said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in five women will be a victim of rape in their lifetime. But now, more people are ready to combat that number head on.

"I love it. I'm surprised by how many women showed up. I think that's really cool and I love that we're diving right into it. It's really empowering to be able to try the actual motions because it's just something you don't really practice a lot. You have all the strength, but to actually punch someone? It's like, yeah," Livingston said.

Participants were asked to make a donation of $10 or more for the class and in total, raise $2,300 for the Jubilee Women's Center in Seattle.

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