Openings available for rape-defense course

The Page County Sheriff’s Office still has openings available for its rape aggression training program, which is set to start Monday.

The four-session course is designed to give women the skills and confidence needed to protect themselves against sexual assault.

Sessions are scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 13, May 16, May 20 and May 23 at Luray High School. Attendance is required for at least the first three sessions to complete the course.

The sheriff’s office will offer the course again in October.

Anyone interested should call 540-743-6571 or email jmckenzie@pagesheriff.com.

Local representatives torn over SCOTUS decision

State representatives differ in their responses to the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe V. Wade.

An email from Governor Glenn Youngkin reminded residents of his pro-life stance.

He announced that he will pursue a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

He claims to support abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the child bearing parent’s life is at risk.

Senator Mark Warner stressed in his email that the decision’s removal of personal health care sets “back the clock on nearly 50 years of settled and reaffirmed law.”

Senator Warner also believes the decision could leave states the chance to attempt to restrict contraception.

West Virginia already has a law on the books that makes providing abortions a felony with up to 10 years in prison.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes through Old Town

The Laurel Center is hosting the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence.

The event will begin at 11 am on the Old Town Walking Mall in Winchester near Water Street Kitchen.

Male participants will then walk a mile in high heels through downtown.

This march helps raise awareness in the community about the causes, effects, and remediation of sexual violence against women.

The men participating also help acknowledge how women are not the only ones affected by sexual violence.

No registration is required and donations are encouraged.

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