— Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) today announced he is partnering with the Pennsylvania State Police to host a preventative program that empowers women by teaching awareness of their surroundings and what to do if they should find themselves in an unsafe situation.
The free seminar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., in the South Fayette High School Auditorium, 3680 Old Oakdale Road, McDonald
. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Melinda Bonderanko and F.A.S.T. Center self-defense instructors, Tim Nease and Ryan Mechtel, will lead the program.
“At times, women may be in a situation that makes themselves feel unsafe,” Ortitay said. “I’m hopeful this seminar will provide useful information about steps to take to avoid being in this position in the first place and/or ways to safely escape. Personal safety is important.”
The event will include PowerPoint presentations, along with hands-on demonstrations to equip women with the necessary knowledge and skills to not become a victim. Participants should lease dress casually, and dress comfortably if wishing to participate in the demonstrations.
No RSVP is required.
The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.
Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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