What a sad, sad world we live in when women who are not in the military or law enforcement need to take self-defense classes in order to protect themselves from being attacked on the job.
Last month Egyptian banker Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar assaulted a maid at the Pierre, and just a few months ago, former International Monetary Fund Chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly raped a housekeeper at the Sofitel hotel in Manhattan.
This week, self-defense instructor Mary Ann Carron armed the women with punches and kicks that will potentially protect them on and off the job.
The recent high-profile assaults have prompted the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, which represents 29,000 hotel workers, to call for stricter safety measures. And John Turchiano, the organization’s spokesperson said that more hotels could implement such classes.
Although it should be completely unnecessary, once again, women have to take extra precautions just to protect themselves…even at work.