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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 7, 1991 - Page 7

Workshop teaches
women to fight
*back against rape

State high court to
rule on abortion law

by Julie Schupper
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
Leaders of last night's Sexual
Assault and Prevention Workshop
said 85 percent of women threatened
with rape were able to escape if they
yelled and resisted.
The Jewish Feminist Group and
the Feminist Women's Union spon-
sored the forum in an attempt to
promote wider usage of verbal and
physical defense techniques. Orga-
nizers said the workshop counter-
acted the myth that rape is uncom-
mon.
Two martial arts specialists,
Dori Mickelson and Debbie Webb,
led the discussion at the Michigan
League.
"It is not necessary to have for-
mal martial arts training to protect
yourself from rape," Mickelson
said. "Simple preventative measures
as well as knowledge of self-de-
fense techniques can increase your
probability of safety."
Some of the suggested preventa-
tive measures included: walking
during the night only in well-lit ar-
eas; walking with confidence; carry-
ing a whistle; trusting intuition;
and varying walks home because
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many rapes are premeditated.
Facilitators discouraged alcohol
or drug consumption, saying that it
serves to place women at a disadvan-
tage because it slows reaction time
and inhibits intuition.
Jenny Marx, an LSA senior and
coordinator for the workshop, said
that while the workshop did not
guarantee participants would leave
invincible, it did serve to enhance
their confidence and ability to resist
sexual assault.
"We are hoping that the work-
shop will empower women and give
them the strength to realize that
they are able to defend themselves,"
she said.
"What we are hoping is that this
workshop will help women to make
conscious and well-informed
choices, including doing what they
can do within their lifestyle to min-
imize the possibility of assault,"
Mickelson said.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
Michigan pro-choice groups today
will ask the state Supreme Court to
find in the state constitution a right
to abortion they fear may soon be.
lost at the federal level.
Activists on both sides of the
abortion issue say the first abortion
case to reach the high court since
1973 has implications far beyond
the original issue - whether the
state should pay for abortions for
poor women.
"This case involves more than
Medicaid funds for abortions. This
case will determine in many re-
spects whether all Michigan women

will have a right to choose an abor-
tion," said Margy Long, public af-
fairs coordinator for Planned Par-
enthood Affiliates of Michigan.
The attorney for Right to Life of
Michigan said the case will set the
boundaries for future abortion leg-
islation.
"I still think it's one of the
most significant cases ever to be ad-
dressed in this state by the Michigan
Supreme Court," said John Curcio.
Pro-choice advocates will ask the
Supreme Court to go along with a
lower court ruling released Feb. 20
that found a right to abortion in the
state constitution.

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Arrival AP PHOTO
President Bush waves upon his arrival at Rome's Ciampino military
airport last night. Bush is visiting Italy to attend a two-day meeting of
the NATO leaders.

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