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April 11, 2017

Faces of Fauquier: Helping women defend themselves

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“In many cases, women are the victim, and I think this is a way to break that stereotype where a women has to look for someone else to defend her,” Kaitlyn Lambert says.
I was raised by strong, hard-core women. They’re always the ones who feel they don’t need someone to do things for them. They are totally capable of doing it all on their own.
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She teaches women self-defense in her spare time.

A certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructor, Kaitlyn Lambert has taught the program at the local Lord Fairfax Community College campus for two years.

Free to students and the public, the 12-hour self-defense course runs once each semester in The Barn at LFCC.

“We teach different skills in avoiding situations, awareness, increasing your reaction time,” Ms. Lambert says. “The majority of the class shows how to defend yourself in situations, so you can give yourself more time to get out of it.”

She also co-teaches the course at the Middletown campus.

“I took a self-defense class when I was younger, and it was empowering,” Ms. Lambert says. “In many cases, women are the victim, and I think this is a way to break that stereotype where a women has to look for someone else to defend her.”

“Seeing the difference in the women who take the class” ranks among the rewards, she says.

“In the beginning, nobody really wants to yell and say no. They’re pretty quiet. But at the end to see them taking on the aggressors (trained police officers). They are throwing elbows, head-butts, kicking . . . all these things they said they couldn’t do.”

A Lord Fairfax graduate, Ms. Lambert calls teaching the RAD class a way to give back to the community. She also works as assistant director of financial aid at the Fauquier campus.

“There’s a lot of miscommunication about financial aid and who should apply,” she says. The challenges include “breaking down those myths and barriers and encouraging people to apply, even if they think they won’t be eligible.”

About 1,100 students at the Fauquier campus receive financial aid each year.

• Age
28

• Home
Near Warrenton.

• Work
Assistant director of financial aid, Lord Fairfax Community College, Fauquier campus, 2016 to present; financial aid advisor, 2012-16; University of Phoenix, Manassas, academic advisor, 2011.

• Why do you do the job?
I love our students. I loved my time as a student here, and I feel it’s a way to give back. It’s different every day. It never gets boring.

I’m the only person at the Warrenton campus for financial aid. I help students apply for financial aid, process their files. I’m also the scholarship coordinator college-wide.

• Family
Husband, Chris; child, Riley, 2; Siberian husky, Nikita; parents, Ron and Tin; sisters, Rebecca and Heather.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree, human services, Old Dominion University, 2011; associate’s degree, liberal arts, Lord Fairfax Community College, 2008; Liberty High School, 2006.

• Civic involvement
Certified Rape Aggression Defense instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College, 2015-17.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1989.

• Why do you live here?
It’s close to where most of my family is. I have lots of friends here, and it’s close to everything.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s very community, family-friendly. It’s a good place to raise my family.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Have a movie theater in Warrenton. If I could have anything, I would have that.

• What do you do for fun?
I enjoy watching movies, mowing the lawn, swimming.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
The Warrenton Aquatics and Recreation Facility, Crockett and Rady parks.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
It sounds like we are going to have a lot of roundabouts. It would be nice to have a bookstore, Target and movie theater.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Walking Dead.”

• Favorite movie?
“Lake Placid” is my favorite horror/comedy film, and “Ever After” is my favorite romantic comedy.

• Favorite book?
“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Alaska and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• Favorite food?
French fries, especially steak fries from Red Robin.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
“If someone’s picking on you, it means they’re leaving someone else alone.” My grandma who passed away told me that.

• Who’s your hero and why?
The women in my life — my mom, my grandma. I was raised by strong, hard-core women. They’re always the ones who feel they don’t need someone to do things for them. They are totally capable of doing it all on their own. My dad was always like if you’re going to do something, you need to learn how to do it yourself and not rely on someone else. I may not be able to do everything on my own, but I’ll try.

• What would you do if you won $5 million in the lottery?
I would buy myself a new car, a Jeep. Probably add on to my house. Go to places I’ve never been, like Australia, and take all my family.

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