By Kerrin Brinkman | August 22 2011 16:33

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo Last week, NRA Headquarters here in Fairfax, Virginia was host to a group of women taking part in a Refuse To Be A Victim® (RTBAV) seminar. Taught by NRA Law Enforcement Division’s Jeff Overcash and RTBAV Program Coordinator Ruth Ann Sprague, the course focused on safety aspects for young women heading back to college or into the workforce for the first time.

“This time of year, many young women are heading back to college and this seminar focused on things they need to know including physical security, auto security, and security relating to technology,” said Sprague.

Although college campuses have security and/or university police forces, it’s important for all students, not just young women to have a personal security plan, especially in new and unfamiliar surroundings. Whether walking back to their dorm alone, spending late nights studying in a secluded part of the library, or sharing contact information with new friends and classmates, Refuse To Be A Victim® offers helpful tips and advice to help keep students safe and aware of dangers their environment might present.

Interested in attending a Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar in your area? Visit to find a seminar near you. You can also become a Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor by participating in an online Instructor Development Workshop (IDW). Sprague tells us that after Labor Day, she’ll be opening registration for a November session. For more information about the Refuse To Be A Victim® program or how to get involved, contact Sprague at 703-267-1394 or

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