There’s nothing wrong with a little empowerment.

Last week’s armed home invasion, during which a Trumbull resident was injured, reminded local writer Kim Stagliano of her harrowing experience in 2010.

Two masked men broke into her Trumbull home while she was sitting in the kitchen working.

“I heard glass shattering and the sound of my garage door being lifted manually and froze in terror,” Stagliano said. “I had seconds to decide how to protect myself. By the grace of God and quick thinking, I was able to sneak out of my front door as they were breaking in from my garage.”

She called 911 and Trumbull Police responded in minutes, she said.The experience left her terrified but she describes finding a sense of control again through training at Hanko Ryo Martial Arts in Trumbull Center.

She is encouraging residents to consider doing the same.

Trumbull Continuing Education is offering a new six-week self-defense class for men and women, that will provide valuable skills in case you become a victim of crime. Taught by Kyoshi Danilo Torri, 6th Dan black belt, the class is for anyone over 18 who wants to learn how to protect family, self and personal property. Class starts on Thursday, January 23 at 7:15 p.m. at Hanko Ryu Martial Arts in Trumbull Center.

January is also National Stalking Awareness Month, according to Trumbull Police. It is estimated that 6.6 million people are stalked every year in the United States. Statistics show that one in six women and one in 19 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime. That’s a startling statistic.

To learn more about the class or register, click here.

Many of us will be fortunate enough to not be the victim of a crime or be called on to defend ourselves against a criminal. But being able to protect ourselves and having a little empowerment and a little more confidence, when we’re out in the world, can’t hurt.