Gurnee, IL…. State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) hosted a free workshop for women and girls last night. The class was a lesson in learning avoidance tactics, self-defense misconceptions, offensive techniques and defensive escapes.
It was taught by the nonprofit group, One Light Self Defense. The One Light mission is to prepare people, especially women, to avoid, face, and heal from physical violence. One Light has taught about 100 free self-defense workshops and trained about 2500 people in the United States. In addition to conducting self defense classes across Illinois, One Light travels to Africa to teach girls and new trainers who can continue their mission once they leave. Thousands of dollars of donations from workshops have been donated to Women At Risk International, a charity that helps victims of human trafficking, to use towards their emergency and safe house funds.
Throughout her time in the General Assembly, Rep. Jesiel has worked on legislation in Springfield to advance and protect women. This past spring she passed House Bill 2822 to create a human trafficking task force. The task force will examine the traumatic impact that human-trafficking is having in Illinois and offer solutions as to how the state of Illinois can partner with other agencies to counter this prevalent practice of human exploitation.