(Originally published By: Dionne Anglin; Adapted for Web by: Tracy Delatte – myfoxdfw.com)

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

DALLAS –
Sorority members at Southern Methodist University are fighting back against the odds of becoming a victim of sexual assault.

The PanHellenic Council teamed up with a local martial arts expert for an hour-long self-defense class at Burleson Park.

In October, following five reported cases of sexual assaults, SMU’s president appointed a task force to look at how the university deals with sexual misconduct.

Courtney Underwood Newsome heads the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. She thinks self-defense training is a good idea as long as the perspective on victims’ rights is not lost.

There are eight active sororities on the SMU campus. Members from each took part in the classes.