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Grant Provides Free Self-Defense Classes for Women

Petit Family Foundation
Thanks to a $7,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation, a unique organization in Naugatuck, Connecticut will be offering free self-defense classes to women during the entire year of 2013. The organization is called Jane Doe No More, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting sexual assault victims and changing society's view of this misunderstood crime.

The self-defense classes are called Escape Alive Survival Skills for women and girls that teaches them safety strategies and escape techniques. In addition to the classes held at Jane Doe No More, other community organizations can host the class in order to reach more women with this important education.

The free classes are possible due to a grant from the Petit Family Foundation as well as funds provided by Watertown’s Main Street Financial Group, the Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation, and Sikorsky Aircraft. The Petit Family Foundation was formed in 2007 to provide education and to support victims of violent crime. The organization was created in memory of Jennifer Lynn Hawke-Petit and her daughters Haley and Michaela who were brutally murdered in their own home.

The foundation provides grants for the education of young people, especially women in the sciences. It also funds programs that are consistent with the organization's purpose and goals.

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