Self-Defense Classes Aim to Prevent Another Tragedy in Ohio

The tragedy of Sierah Joughin’s untimely death after disappearing on a bicycle ride home from a visit with her boyfriend, Josh Kolasinski, on July 19, 2016, serves as the motivation for the creation of self-defense classes for women in northwest Ohio.

After Sierah Joughin’s murder, several efforts by her family, Kolasinski’s family and the community-at-large have resulted in not only honoring the young woman but seek to improve the safety of others within northwest Ohio with the offer of free self-defense classes for women, and the state as a whole through “Sierah’s Law.”

Keeping Our Girls Safe Memorial Ride and Self-Defense Classes

Josh Kolasinski’s mother and sister, along with Sierah Joughin’s mother organized a memorial motorcycle ride to honor both Sierah’s life and the love between her and Kolasinski, long-time childhood sweethearts with plans to marry in the near future before Sierah’s death at the hands of another.

The inaugural memorial motorcycle event held in 2016 attracted 600 participants on 400 motorcycles. The registration fees for that event are being used to fund the self-defense classes being held free of charge to participants in various communities throughout northwest Ohio. A second memorial motorcycle event is planned for 2017, with information available through the KOGS Memorial Ride Facebook page.

The self-defense classes held February 25, 2017, at the Wauseon Police Department in Wauseon, Ohio were well-attended, with openings still available for women ages 16 and older to register for one of two sessions being held March 11, 2017, in Berkley, Ohio, at Keeler’s Corner.

Ohio Legislature to Consider “Sierah’s Law”

An even more comprehensive effort to protect women and people in general in the future is that of legislation introduced by Ohio State Senators Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and Cliff Hite (R-Findlay). The proposed legislation, spurred into creation by a Change.org petition, seeks to create a violent offender registry in Ohio.

If the bill successfully passes the state legislature and is signed into law by Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his office would have until the end of 2017 to create such a registry, allowing Ohioans to search a database to learn if/where violent offenders are living in their communities.

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Sierah Joughin’s accused killer, James D. Worley, would have appeared on such a registry had one existed at the time of her abduction and murder. Worley was a convicted felon, having spent three years in prison for the July 1990 abduction of Robin Gardner.


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