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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Women are learning how to stand up to danger; see an expert in action

Mystery novels. Television crime series. The 24-hour news cycle. It may seem as though danger lurks around every corner, but, nationally, violent crimes are down 72 percent from their peak in the mid-1990s, according to the Pew Research Center. Self-defense instructor Joanne Factor says violent crime has been declining, but people often don't realize it because of the influence of the mass media.