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According to the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System there were 102 assaults reported in the boroughs of Taylor, Moosic and Old Forge in 2011.

That number is something Taylor resident and self-defense expert Robert Thomas wants to see diminish. He, along with three Riverside High School seniors, will offer a free self-defense exhibit for the entire Triboro community next week.

"We're trying to help people in our own backyard stay safe," said Thomas, owner of the Taylor-based 570 Dojo.

"This is the third year of this program run as a Riverside senior project," he explained. "There seems to be a high rate of assaults and sexual assaults as women leave home."

Students Matt Kolveck, Aubrey Edstrom and Samantha Keoonela have been training in self-defense with Thomas since July.

Thomas explained that the trio will share techniques, teach about environmental awareness and how to conduct yourself and not be a target, from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Taylor Community Center.

According to Thomas, the event will also include raffle baskets and prizes, all aimed at raising funds for the Women's Resource Center in Scranton.

Thomas, who has been working with graduating seniors on self defense events for the past three years, explained that opting to raise funds for the center was a 'no brainer,' and he hopes to out-raise the $250 generated last year.

More information can be found online at 570dojo.com.

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