Free self-defense classes amid assault attempts in Brooklyn

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Locals officials are taking action amid the recent string of attempted sexual assaults by giving people free self-defense training.

Debbus Ofuoma, 19, was arrested Monday for four separate attacks on women. All four women were able to escape after fighting back, but Sen. Jesse Hamilton says some women might not have fought back.

That is why the senator and other local leaders are providing free self-defense classes and reaching out to the community to find out what resources people need.

Instructor Tish Tabb advises participants to draw attention to the situation and to do whatever it takes to escape.

"Make a scene, draw attention, let people know what's going on,” Tabb says. “Keep fighting. Do anything and everything you need to do. Self-defense is not about playing by the rules so whether it's pulling someone's hair, throwing dirt on their face, kicking them in specific places that will make them fall…anything you need to do to get yourself safe."

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