NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Six months ago, Indiana University student and Westchester native Lauren Spierer went missing. Her friends spent Sunday raising money to help in the search and learning how to prevent what may have happened to Lauren from happening to them.

“We just really know that someone knows something, and we just want to find that out,” said Dana Krause, friend of Spierer.

Wearing blue for Lauren, the group learned how to fight back at a self-defense class they organized at New York University.

The fact that Lauren went missing after a night out is a scary thought for these college girls.

“We were anxious to be back at school after everything that happened with Lauren, so we decided to take a self-defense class so we’d know how to arm ourselves against whatever situation is happening,” said Lauren Cohen.

Spierer was last seen in Bloomington, Indiana on June 3. Her parents have been tirelessly searching for their daughter.

Her friends at home say they can’t help but feel it could have been any one of them.

“We’re really happy with the turnout because if one person is safer, then we achieved our goal,” Krause said.

The instructor told the girls to remember three things should they ever need to fight back: get angry, scream and strike.

“Take over the situation, try to get mad and not scared,” said instructor Gabrielle Rubin of Female Awareness Self Defense. “Use anything we have that’s free to get the attacker off of us.”

Police say they’ve received more than 2,400 tips in Spierer’s case.

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Comments (6)
  1. DanTe says:

    And how will all this “self defense” thingie work when you’re stone drunk off your rocker?

  2. Gayle Kendall says:

    Gabi Rubin’s self defense class is a MUST DO in this world. We don’t need to assume the worst case, but her class is so logical, so necessary. I took it recently and was reminded of so many basic, common sense rules that we forget. It’s about SAFETY and since we can’t become hermits, we need to “arm” ourselves with the ability to sense and avoid danger. PLEASE TAKE THIS CLASS and PLEASE … support each other, Girls, by being safe AND aware at all times. And this is a fabulous holiday or birthday gift … as necessary or more so than a cell phone or any other toy you can think of! DO IT!!! Gayle in NYC

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  4. Alida G says:

    As a Mother myself my heart broke when I first heard about Lauren’s disappearance. As a Parent, we would love to protect our children no mater how old they are. In this case, Lauren went off to college where you would think she would be safe. However, we live in a world today where unfortunately, no one is safe anymore. When I watched this segment with Lauren’s friends learning self defense techniques I thought how empowering this is for ALL women, especially young woman going off to college!

    I sent this link to all my friends with daughters. I am assuming Gabi, the instructor gives classes in NYC. What a great gift to give to the women in our lives that we love!

  5. salome says:

    maybe an old rule should be revived ? that you all go out together and leave together.

  6. stevenpearson says:

    hi to “”-ers just sighned in, yous ok ????
    steven p

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