By PATTY HUTCHENS
It is something we think will never happen to us. After all, we live in a small town that is known for its friendliness. But the truth is the society in which we live today makes everyone vulnerable to an attack on our safety — whether they are random attacks or situations of domestic violence. Not only that, but terrorist attacks are no longer a situation of “if one ever happens.” They are happening every day in shopping malls, schools and other public places.
Being aware of what to do in such situations is vital. The October 2017 shooting at the concert in Las Vegas is a prime example of what to be aware of if something happens. Do you typically assess a situation upon entering to see where the exits are? Who would you call if you were separated from your loved ones in such a situation?
Women can be especially vulnerable to physical attacks, either by a loved one or stranger. Considering everything from how to carry a purse to what to do if a loved one physically threatens us, there are things women can do to make them less vulnerable.
This will be the topic of 7B Women’s September luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 11 as they welcome Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon and Officer Heather Trumble who will talk about situational awareness. Office Trumble teaches a self-defense class for women in Sandpoint and is a survivor of domestic violence. She taught her first class in June and hopes to teach approximately four per year.
“As someone who was randomly attacked and physically assaulted while I was seven months pregnant, I know how important it is to be aware of your surroundings,” said 7B Women’s Vice President, Patty Hutchens. “I wish I had known all of these things at that time. I encourage all women of all ages to become educated on these very important issues and what they can do to prevent or minimize the situation.”
The 7B Women’s August luncheon will take place from 11:45am to 1pm at Tango Café and is open to everyone in the community, men and women. The cost is $21 or $16 if you are a member of 7B Women, Inc. Individual memberships cost $50 per year and can be paid online at the group’s website, 7BWomen.com.
Please note that due to the high participation in the past and so Tango Café can adequately prepare for the luncheon, pre-registration is highly encouraged.
If people would like an opportunity to promote their business at the luncheon, attendees are asked to bring an item to raffle and will be given a “minute with the mic” during the course of the luncheon.
Because of the number of raffle items that have been donated in recent months and the time constraints of the luncheon, 7B Women is limiting the opportunity for a minute with the mic to current 7B Women members only.
Register online at 7BWomen.com and you can also purchase your raffle tickets ahead of time to avoid standing in line at check in and optimizing your networking time. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5.