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Lake Highlands rapes have women learning self defense

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Dallas police are still looking for the man linked to rapes in the Lake Highlands area last month.

The attacks have many women scared, but they are fighting back by following up on free self defense classes.

More than two dozen trainers from Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense taught the class to help women understand they do have options in protecting themselves.

"The women have an option, they can fight back and they can be effective," said Chamberlain's Kellyn Laurinsky.

Laurinsky is a black belt in karate. The martial arts expert teaches simple things that do not require practice: hands in front of the face, make yourself a small target, and strike vulnerable areas.

She demonstrated how to get out of the most difficult and frightening rape scenarios.

"Take the knee, bump him and throw him off balance. Grab the ribs, arch and throw," Laurinsky demonstrated.

It is about as close to real life most women would want to get.

"In a training situation he's just standing there letting her hit him. That is not gonna be the case in real life. In a real situation, he's gonna fight back, hitting her. So the important thing to know is one, you're probably gonna get injured in the process and at some point you're gonna get hit," Laurinsky said.

The suspect in the Lake Highland rapes has not yet been caught.

The woman in the third attack fought back fiercely and was not raped.

The women at the self -defense training class want to make sure they are not the next victim.

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