As a woman working late nights on campus, responsible for my own and the student-workers’ safety, I thought it prudent to take the University Police Department’s Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course. It is offered between two and four times per year, at the start and end of each semester. Over a 16-hour weekend, specially trained and RAD-certified police officers teach women self-defense strategies and methods to escape from assailants. While the class is intense — both in the learning and in the emotional impact — it is also fun and incredibly empowering. After a day-and-a-half of learning and practicing techniques, simulations are set up. The officers don foam padding, and the students are given knee-pads, elbow-pads, and helmets. Women then fight their way out of various holds and attacks, using the skills taught. Initially (I know from experience!) you may feel like you floundered and flailed around. But seeing the video-recording of the session shows just how well you fought! And boy, does it bring a smile to your face!
Here is an incredibly sobering statistic that should encourage any woman from age 12 to 75 to participate in this program: “Somewhere in America, a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice” (from the RAD brochure and workbook). That statistic is based on reported assaults. If only a portion of assaults are reported…
Be safe, take the course, and learn to defend yourselves!
http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/UniversityPolice/PersonalSafetyCrimePrevention/ClassesTraining/Pages/RADSelfDefenseWomen.aspx OR http://www.rad-systems.com OR contact Officer Kirk Martin at 303-24-0739 or firstname.lastname@example.org.