Threat of violence prompts classes to help Muslim women protect themselves

c8d822ef9unspecified 6 jpg mobileAllison Miller said her initial experience with Islamophobia occurred only three months later.

"A physical assault. Somebody that did not like the way that I was dressed, wearing the headscarf," she told St. Louis Public Radio. "I was thankful that I had skills learned by law enforcement to property protect myself."

Shortly after the attack, Miller contacted CAIR-Missouri and was asked to design the self-defense program. The first classes took place in May in West St. Louis County and the next sessions are set for July 23 and 30 in Hazelwood. People of all faiths are welcome, but the classes are tailored to Muslim women who usually can't go to regular instruction that could involve being touched by involved men.

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