Kenya has long been a place of turmoil, and for the elderly in the impoverished country, life is especially difficult. Retirement living women are often attacked and raped by assailants who believe the act will cure them of disease.
Now a local community center in Nairobi is offering self-defense classes to prevent older women from becoming the victims of such a crime, according to the Associated Press.
"When we hit the pad with an open palm we are training to target the nose, the solar plexus or the groin to hurt an attacker so that it can give you a chance to escape," Mary Wangui, who is 70 years old, told the news source.
"Shouting 'no' repetitively is meant to draw the attention of people so that they can assist you."
The news source reports that 437 rape victims over the age of 60 were treated at one Nairobi hospital last year.
Retirement living women who are looking to protect themselves may want to sign up for their own self-defense classes. Seniors should look into what's offered at their local community center to see what's available.