Sisters of Notre Dame respond to the needs of the times, and sometimes in unconventional ways. On August 3, SND partnered with Keeping Our Girls Safe (KOGS) to host a self-defense class at the Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse, Ohio on August 3.
KOGS is a grass roots organization created to honor the legacy of Sierah Joughin, a young Fulton County woman who was kidnapped and murdered in 2016. KOGS advocates, educates, engages, and empowers against violence towards women. Since it’s founding KOGS has provided over 2,500 women free self-defense classes.“We partner with many organizations to provide free classes and got involved with the Sisters of Notre Dame after participating in the SHINE Women’s Summit last year,” said KOGS founder, Nikki Kolasinski.
KOGS is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame SHINE Coalition, a group of organizations working together to support, honor, inspire, nurture, and empower women in the Toledo region.
“Unfortunately, the times call for awareness and vigilance. While we pray for an end to violence of all kinds, we also want to educate and empower people, especially women, to feel prepared and safe in this world,” said Sr. Regina Fisher, Provincial Councilor, SND USA, Toledo Region.
Thank you to KOGS and to all who came out to learn more about personal safety!