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With a rise in sexual assault among all Air Force bases, instructors Rener Gracie and former W-W-E wrestler Eve Torres brought aid with the Women Empowered program.

The program teaches techniques using Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to get women out of real life situations.

(Anna Jung, Maintenance Officer) "I think it's really important again to protect yourself. Especially since it is on the rise, what are you doing to be proactive about it? Are you just sitting there and saying, 'you know if I get assaulted, I guess I get assaulted.' No! I'm going to take classes prepare my body an be mentally ready and just prepare for any situation."

Classes were planned to start Monday but because of weather, the instructors were not able to start until Tuesday.

To make up for lost time both teachers and students work quick and efficiently to cover all of the 15 techniques.

(Liz Corp, Tech Sgt.) "Having such good instructors for us, being able to learn. Hopefully we can be as good of instructors with the people that we're teaching, so they can get it as quickly and as easily as we were able to.

With the 40 hour course complete, students are now certified to teach these techniques to others.

Sexual assault reports jumped up 30 percent last year through all Air Force Bases

While measures are being taken to bring that number down, Tom Hyde believes there is only one number that counts.

(Tom Hyde, B-52 Pilot) "In the Air Force, we're not okay with just good enough. We want zero. We want zero tolerance. So really anyone we can teach to get to that level of where we are not experiencing sexual assaults is what we are looking for and the Women Empowered program is helping us do that."

After today, the fight against sexual assault just got stronger.

At the Minot Air Force Base, Gary Brode, KX News.

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