Loudoun County, Virginia- The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office will hold their 36th Women’s Self-Defense Workshop on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The class is open to all female residents of Loudoun County over the age of fourteen and space is limited to 100 participants. “The workshop is a free session whose purpose is to educate women on sexual assault issues and rape awareness,” said Sheriff Steve Simpson. “The May session is an opportunity for all women to learn to be aware of their surroundings and how to protect themselves from becoming a victim,” Simpson added. The session will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The academy is located at 45299 Research Place in Ashburn, VA. Participants are asked to wear gym style clothing and athletic shoes. Participants will be taught basic self-defense techniques through instruction, demonstration and actual practice of the methods taught. Those interested in participating in this workshop must register, as space is limited. To register for the workshop you are asked to contact Audra Vogel at 571-258-3049.