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Students at the University of Utah learn to be bad victims

Students at the University of Utah learn to be bad victims

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Becky Bruce reporting

Utah college students are learning how to kick butt and put a stop to campus violence.

Erin Weed has made it her mission in life to make sure nobody has to go through what she did when one of her best friends was murdered in her campus apartment.

She travels the country teaching young men and women how to fight back and how to be bad victims.

She says, "All right, let's say that you're a bad guy, and you're driving down the main strip of town, and you're looking for someone to victimize. You have a pool of victims, and there are some good victims and some bad victims." She taught University of Utah students today how to be those bad victims. In her words, the person the bad guy doesn't want to mess with.

Weed's program is a three-pronged approach. It focuses on learning to trust your intuition, changing your body language to set up boundaries and learning to literally fight back.

She also teaches the students how to use everyday objects as weapons, including cell phones and keys, and where to use them to effectively take out a threat.

Erin Weed's Web site is She also runs

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