Spate of Bias Crimes Sparks Move for Self Defense Course
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the council's LGBT Caucus will host free self-defense classes following a recent spate of hate crimes.
The first class will be led by the Center for Anti-Violence Prevention on June 8. The center's executive director, Tracy Hobson, says the community has suffered too long from bigotry and hate crimes - but is also resilient.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer says the classes will empower men and women "who might otherwise feel helpless." The training will offer violence prevention strategies and safety tips.
Hobson says the skills will help the community challenge, prevent and heal from all forms of violence.