OKCIC offers self-defense education and seminars

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/15/2020 04:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to Native Americans in central Oklahoma, is a supporter of National Stalking Awareness Month and its call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. According to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center, an estimated 6 to 7.5 million people are stalked in a one-year period in the United States. 

OKCIC’s Wellness Center hosts Women’s Self-Defense Seminars. Victims and survivors often suffer anxiety, social dysfunction and severe depression as a result of their victimization.

“Learning how to defend yourself is something all women should consider,” said Bryan Fehr, HPDP manager at OKCIC. “These seminars provide women with some confidence to defend themselves if necessary and provide life-saving techniques to protect themselves from being attacked.”

Stalkers use many tactics, including: 

• Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there

• Making unwanted telephone calls

• Leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice)

• Watching or following the victim from a distance

• Spying on the victim with a listening device, camera or GPS

According to SPARC, here are a few tips to do if you fear you are being stalked. 

• Don’t communicate back with the stalker or respond to any of their attempts to contact you.

• Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay danger. If you feel unsafe, chances are you are in danger.

• Tell friends, family and co-workers about the stalking. 

• Keep evidence, including any messages, voicemails, letters and notes. 

• Take threats seriously.

The next OKCIC Women’s Self-Defense Seminar is on Jan. 21 at the OKCIC for all women including patients and non-patients ages 12 and up. The class will be in the third floor demonstration kitchen at 5208 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City. To register, call 405-948-4900, ext. 618 or visit the wellness center.

If you think you are being stalked, contact the Victim Connect helpline at 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846). If you think you are in immediate danger, call 911. 

The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide health care and wellness services to Native Americans in central Oklahoma. Each year, the clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from more than 200 federally recognized tribes. Tribal citizens can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, call 405-948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.

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