By Claudia Zarate
contributing writer

Fight like a Girl is a self-defense program offered through the New Mexico State University Police Department that provides and teaches techniques to prepare anyone to defend themselves in a bad situation.

But there is difference between this program and others like it because the system is taught in reverse.

“The Fight Like a Girl module starts with the sexual assault position and works backwards from there — teaching the victim many moves and attacks to escape any situation,” said Amanda Bowen, officer at the NMSU Police Department.

Bowen also said this class can additionally help save the life of someone who is attacked.

This class, taught by certified instructors, discusses rape awareness and general safety, as well as a short introduction to some physical self-defense moves in the “Personal Self Defense Sprays” segments. For the next classes starting in October the Fight like a Girl classes have expanded from two hour to four-hour classes.

The NMSU Police Department offers S.A.F.E. classes also held in the Activity Center.

S.A.F.E is 4-hour class discussing the differences in self-defense sprays, as well as the proper use of these sprays. Programs such “Personal Self-Defense” is a 4-hour hands-on program designed to provide the student with techniques that can be used to help stop an attacker and work with different body strengths from both males and females.

The times of these classes will be announced by registration.

For more information, visit the NMSU Police Department web page at, or visit their offices located at the 725 College Drive 575-646-3311 or email them at the or contact officer Amanda Bowen at

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