Classes for Women to Protect Themselves in Portland
You don't hear a lot about this, but it happens often enough to be scared. Women getting drugged when they go out...
It happened to Amy St. Laurent back in 2002 after a night in Portland's Old Port. She went missing for an agonizing 55 days.
Her body was found in a shallow grave off Route 22 in Scarborough. She had been beaten, sexually assaulted and showed signs of a 'date rape' drug in her system.
Her family was devastated...but started the Amy St. Laurent Foundation to make sure this doesn't happen to other young women.
They have gotten together with the Portland Police Department to offer R.A.D., rape aggression defense classes. The next round of classes is in March.
This recently happened to Jessica of Portland. She went out with friends to have a few drinks and have fun. A man bought her a drink, she stepped away from her drink and after she finished it, she ended up in the hospital.
This is a cautionary tale...bad things happen right here in Maine too. I think we are trusting as a species...and we still can be - but cautious and prepared. R.A.D. classes start in March.