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Kiai! WC girls taught to fight back

School girls across the Western Cape are being taught to fight back at would-be attackers.

Picture: Freeimages.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of school girls across the Western Cape are being taught to fight back at would-be attackers ahead of Child Protection Week.

Two self-defence experts, in partnership with a well-known retailer, have taken it upon themselves to run free workshops at various schools.

Sanette Smit, one of the highest ranked women in karate in Africa, says she and her partner Margaret Neethling have taught thousands of young girls since they first started these workshops fifteen years ago.

Smit says their focus now is specifically on low-income areas where crime against women and children are highest.

According to faith-based NGO Badisa, during the 2013/2014 period 45,230 cases of assault against children were reported.

About half of these cases were sexual assault.

WATCH: Self-defence: What to do when someone tries to strangle you

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