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Rapist Arrested in Santa Monica

November 15, 2012

Free Women's Self-defense Seminars in So Cal

A female Santa Monica resident was jogging early on the morning of October 10 along the beach in the area of Lifeguard tower #8. At approximately 4:50 am, she was attacked from behind, brutally punched until near loss of consciousnesses, and then sexually by a man. The victim provided a full description of her assailant, and police artists created a composite sketch of the man.

A week later, at 5:30 in the morning, Pier/Harbor officers who were patrolling the north beach area saw a man who matched the description in the same general area where the assault took place. The man was detained and after further investigation, was positively identified as the rapist in the attack.

The predator, Brandon Cross, is facing charges for one count of attempted murder, two counts of forcible rape, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and one count of resisting arrest.

Free Women's Self-defense Seminar: January 19-20, 2013
The attack in Santa Monica is yet another reminder that sexual predators are everywhere, and women must take action to prepare for these worst-case scenarios. In the aftermath of such a devastating attack, the Gracie Academy is offering two free women's self-defense seminars in January, one in Torrance and one in Beverly Hills. These special 2-hour seminars are designed for first-time self-defense students and will address the following threat scenarios:

- How to break free from an attacker who grabs you without warning.
- How to avoid being taken to the ground by a determined attacker.
- How to escape from underneath an attacker who has you pinned to the ground.

Save Your Spot Today
The seminars are free but space is very limited, so you must RSVP in advance. Absolutely no experience is necessary to participate, and the seminars are open to women ages 13 and up (Note: Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). If you or someone you love would like to participate one of our special 2-hour seminars, contact us using the information below and we'll save your spot today. Also, feel free to forward this information to any of your friends who might be interested in attending.

Torrance Self-defense Seminar
Date: Saturday, January 19 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 3515 Artesia Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Attire: Casual workout attire.
RSVP: Call (310) 353-4100 or send an email to

Beverly Hills Self-defense Seminar
Date: Sunday, January 20 from 10am to 12pm
Address: 324 S. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Attire: Casual workout attire.
RSVP: Call (310) 553-0500 or send an email to

The techniques taught in these special 2-hour seminars are derived from the Gracie Women Empowered program. To learn more about this program, click here.