OKC Indian Clinic providing self-defense education and classes

02/11/2019 12:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, a nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians 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 Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six women and one in 19 men have experience stalking. Stalking is a crime. Victims of stalking are harassed, manipulated and fear their perpetrator. Someone they know or have been in intimate relationships with stalks most victims.

Every other month, OKCIC’s Wellness Center hosts women’s self-defense seminars that includes how to recognize and respond to stalking. Victims and survivors often suffer anxiety, social dysfunction and severe depression as a result of their victimization.

“These seminars provide women with some confidence to defend themselves if necessary, and provide lifesaving techniques to protect themselves from being attacked,” said HPDP Manager at OKCIC, Bryan Fehr. “Defense tactics include punches, kicks, hair grabs and how to get out of locked positions.”

The next OKCIC Women’s Self-Defense Seminar is Feb. 20 at 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 Avenue in Oklahoma City. To register, call 405-948-4900, ext. 618 or visit the Wellness Center.

“If this helps save one person, then it is worth it,” Fehr said.

According to the Stalking Resource Center, 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.

Stalking can include excessive phone calls, constant contact, showing up unannounced at your work or house, and excessive misuse of social media contact to the point of fear.

If you think you are being stalked, contact 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 excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians 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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