KODAK, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville based non-profit The Shooting for Women Alliance, SFWA, is hosting a conference Friday through Sunday to train women interested in using firearms for personal protection and home defense.
The weekend will be hosted by Bass Pro Shops in Kodak with the purpose of educating and empowering women.
According to the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, more than 500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner here in the U.S. each year. 78 percent of all stalking victims are women, and 80 percent of those women stalked by former husbands or boyfriends are physically assaulted.
SFWA founder Susan Rexrode was held hostage in her own home for more than five hours and then stalked for two years.
Since then she learned all she could about firearms, and now she's trained more than 10,000 women to apply for a permit and carry a handgun for free or by donation.
Tips and techniques from SFWA classes have been compiled to form the 2014 Ladies Conference on Personal Protection and Home Defense.
The conference will be taught by other other industry professionals likeg Joella Bates, the only woman in the world to have taken the Big 5 of Africa with a bow and arrow.
The conference starts with a "Find the Wonder Woman in You" seminar/pajama party, has a "What Women Want" fashion show, lots of seminar choices, a gala dinner, and ends with a "bang" at the Family Fun Indoor Shooting Range (the only shooting range in the country designed for specifically for women and their families)!
The conference is $99 for attendees, and spots are filling up fast.
SFWA will sponsor a few women with an extreme need for protection. For full conference details, visit www.MySFWA.com or call 865-329-3293