Chicago Self-Defense Course Boosted by Rise in Attacks on Women – NBC Chicago

A Chicago community organizer has reaffirmed his commitment to teaching women self-defense classes amid a spike in attacks on women, including one as recent as Wednesday night.

In the latest incident, a woman identified as Aaliyah Newell, 47, was found bludgeoned to death in her Englewood flat. Chicago police say Newell died at the hands of someone else, but the suspect’s identity and motive remain unclear.

“They played with the wrong person, they did it and for what,” said a friend of Newell’s. “What did you get out of it? »

Rael Jackson, a community organizer with Real Men Charities, came up with the idea of ​​organizing a women’s self-defense class before Newell’s death.

“Most of the women I know have dealt with domestic violence in one way or another,” he told NBC 5.

After learning that Newell had been beaten and then murdered, Jackson reiterated his desire to do something about it.

As of Thursday night, it was still unclear whether her death was a case of domestic violence, but the City of Chicago noted an increase in incidents and is increasing its funding by $25 million.

Saturday’s self-defense class is Jackson’s way of helping the cause and honoring Newell – a widely loved and sorely missed woman.

“She was always present at social events as well as community events, so it’s a tragedy to know that my friends have to go through this loss,” Jackson said.

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