Elizabeth Smart wants more college students to get self-defense training

Kidnapping and sexual assault survivor Elizabeth Smart is seeking funding so Smart Defense, the sexual violence prevention and self-defense program she developed, can be offered at all of Utah’s state-supported colleges and universities.

When older teens go to college for the first time, they receive a lot of advice from friends and family, she said.

Smart, through Sen. Chris Wilson, R-Logan, is requesting $186,000 in ongoing state funding to scale up the program from a pilot to a statewide initiative. The program has been piloted at Southern Utah University and Snow College.

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