COLUMBIA CITY — Personal safety concerns are on the rise as crime has been more violent and frequent in Whitley County recently.
With sexual attacks against minors repeatedly reaching the inside of Whitley County courtrooms, some citizens have started asking, “What can we do to keep ourselves and our kids safe?”
Dean Houser is a martial arts expert and managing director for Living Arts do jo in Columbia City.
Through his training in martial arts and overall fitness, he has developed a program to teach personal defense and safety.
His philosophy on equipping would-be victims with survival skills has given him a platform with the Whitley County Domestic Task Force to share his know-how in workshops and conferences.
“We tend to see violence as one thing — social violence,” Houser said. “However, there is another type of violence — predatory violence.”
According to Houser, social violence tends to be more of an impulsive attack that would more than likely take place in a social setting.
“This would be an altercation at a social gathering where there are witnesses,” Houser said. “Someone gets upset and there becomes a tense situation erupting in some sort of outburst.”
Predatory violence is one that is more thought out and calculated. Attacks of this nature usually come in an isolated setting without witnesses.
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