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Posted: Nov 14, 2012 10:03 PM

Updated: Nov 14, 2012 10:18 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - The victim of an alleged kidnapping said she wants her experience to be a lesson to other women so they won't become victims of crime.

Andrea Tafolla was allegedly kidnapped by Raul Garza after he murdered his wife and a 12-year-old girl on May 6. She now takes part in a self-defense class to learn and pass on the skills to stay safe.

The Weslaco Police Department organized the women's self-defense class Wednesday. Police showed women different ways to escape an attack or a kidnapping.

Tafolla was the guest speaker. She told the audience how she managed to escape her alleged kidnapper.

"I'm here to speak to these ladies and let them know that it is important that they get educated in self defense and other things to protect themselves," Tafolla said.

Authorities reported two kidnappings in recent weeks. One happened at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg and a second one at the South Texas College campus in Weslaco.

"We can never get complacent. We have to realize that this is happening and it may happen to us. The thing we want to emphasize is planning and preparing," Weslaco Police Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez said.

"There's even guys getting kidnapped. So how vulnerable are we as women?" Tafolla said.

The seminar taught Estrella Delgado the importance of self defense.

"Unfortunately there's a lot of stories going on and a lot of people are going missing and being kidnapped. I just want to be ready," Delgado said.

"I have a purpose. I'm here to help. I'm still alive to make a difference," Tafolla said.

The man who allegedly kidnapped Tafolla pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife and the girl. He is expected to get life in prison.

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