The New Franklin Police Department is holding a free self-defense class for woman ages 18 and older.
This class will be Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. and will be held at the New Franklin School. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited.
This class is opened to all Missouri residence.
Steve Crater will be the instructor for the class. Crater is the owner of Mid-Missouri Defense. He is a certified Martial Arts instructor, Conceal and Carry instructor, and retired Police Officer. Crater had been teaching this class for over 20 years along with his martial arts.
New Franklin Chief of Police Mike Wise will be assisting. Wise has over 18 years of experience.  Howard County Sheriff Department and Boonville Police Department will be assisting during this training.
Chief Wise stated, “Part of our community base policing and target patrol, we hold community events and offer classes in an effort to better educate, protect, and unite the community and Law Enforcement”.
If interested in this training please sign up at the New Franklin City Hall, New Franklin Police Department, Boonville Police Department, Howard County Sheriff Department, by email, on Facebook- New Franklin Police Department, or call the New Franklin Police Department at 660-848-2075.
The training is being sponsored by Jennings premium meats in New Franklin, Exchange Bank and their KASASA Account FDIC, and Snoddy’s Store.
According to research the Majority of Sexual Assaults/assaults are not reported to the Police
Only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults/assaults are reported to police. That means about 2 out of 3 go unreported.
Individuals between 18-24
Female (students) 18-24: 20% did not report
Female Non-Students: 32% did not report
The elderly: 30% did not report
This is much higher for woman who are between the ages of 25-50.
Reasons Victims Choose Not to Report
 20% feared retaliation and they did not know how to defend themselves.
13% believed the police would not do anything to help
13% believed it was a personal matter
8% reported to a different official
8% believed it was not important enough to report
7% did not want to get the perpetrator in trouble
2% believed the police could not do anything to help
30% gave another reason, or did not cite one reason/scared to report.