Camp Atterbury soldiers are teaching dozens of Johnson County girls self-defense skills to protect themselves if anyone ever tries to harm them.
The training is part of a Girls, Inc., program called Project Bold.
Captain Olivia Cobiskey with the 205th Infantry Brigade wanted to get involved with the program after she read that a Centers for Disease Control Study ranked Indiana the second most sexually violent state for young girls.
At a training class in Franklin, Thursday, the 10 to 13-year-old girls learned basic combative techniques like the post, frame and hook. They also learned take down techniques.
The program is meant to build confidence and provide ways for the young women to protect themselves as they navigate life.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re attacked by someone their own size or someone who is larger,” said Cobiskey. “The girls will be able to at least have an idea of how to stand up for themselves and how to get away if put in a difficult situation.”
“I think I could do it. It’d just be a little nerve-wracking,” said 10-year-old Carly Woodward, who is taking the classes.
The program began in March and will run through May 23.