California Mens Group Protests Women-Only Self Defense Classes
A mens group in California, the National Coalition for Men, is protesting against taxpayer-funded women-only self defense classes. The group notes that men are two-and-a-half times more likely to be
The Examiner reported:
Five government-sponsored self-defense classes to be held in the San Fernando Valley next month are being challenged as discriminatory to men and boys.
The women-only classes are advertised as free and are being hosted by California State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian as well as the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department (Mission Hills division), Bright Star ATA Martial Arts and the North Hollywood Recreation Center.
The classes are for any female 12 and older and will highlight common strikes, important methods of disabling your attacker and some hands-on training techniques.
But, Harry A. Crouch believes the classes are discriminatory.
“Men and boys are especially prone to violent attacks,” Crouch says. “The National Crime Victimization Survey reports that men and boys are 2 ½ times more likely than women and girls to be victims of violent crimes.”
Crouch objects to taxpayer money and government property being used “to fund a series of upcoming free, no-men-or-boys allowed, self-defense classes at several City of Los Angeles recreation centers and a City Police department office.”
Crouch is president of the National Coalition for Men, a nonprofit group based in San Diego, which “raises awareness about how sex discrimination adversely affects women and men.” On their website at http://ncfm.org, the charity group describes itself as a “gender inclusive” group “dedicated to the removal of harmful gender based stereotypes especially as they impact boys, men, their families and the women who love them.”
The National Coalition For Men (NCFM) is a nonprofit educational organization that raises awareness about the ways sex discrimination affects men and boys.