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February 2002

Release Date: February 13, 2002

ASU Sponsors 'Refuse To Be A Victim' Seminar Feb. 21

Residents of the Concho Valley can learn ways to enhance their personal safety by participating in a "Refuse To Be A Victim" seminar offered on consecutive Thursdays, beginning Feb. 21, at Angelo State University.

The two-part seminar will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28 in the Room 263 of the Emil C. Rassman Building on the ASU campus. Cost is $14.

Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to not be a victim. Individuals stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attacks if they develop a safety plan before one is needed.

The two-evening, crime prevention seminar presents easy-to-understand methods that can be used to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation. Topics include home, telephone, automobile, travel, personal and technological security. Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common-sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives.

"Refuse To Be A Victim" was developed in 1993 in response to numerous requests from women for crime prevention seminars. In 1997, the program became co-educational.

The program has been endorsed by members of the law enforcement community nationwide, such as Sheriff Howard Sellers of Aiken County, S.C., who said, "It encourages people to think through risky situations . . . and it inspires confidence in that they know how to enter a situation, assess the risks and have tools at their disposal to deal with it properly."

For additional information or to register, contact ASU Division of Continuing Studies at (325) 942-2339.