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RAD Classes Begin March 19

February 11, 2014

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MACOMB, IL -- No matter your strength, size or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defense techniques. To better prepare Western Illinois University female community members in defending themselves against potential assaults, WIU's Office of Public Safety (OPS) will offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course beginning Wednesday, March 19.

The courses, which will run from 6-9 p.m., will be held Wednesdays, March 19, March 26, April 2 and April 9 in the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center on the WIU campus. The class is designed for women only. Topics covered include avoiding victimization, patterns of date rape encounter, basic principles of defense, full-speed hands-on exercise and dynamic simulation training.

"It was a very empowering class and I loved it," said a RAD graduate. "It's amazing to
know just what we can do. It is the single most effective way for women of our community to learn self-defense techniques."

Cost of the 12-hour course, which is taught by RAD-certified police officers Jerry Allen, Kerrie Bishop, Nate Garlick, Jerel Jones, Derek Watts and Sarah Worthington, is $20 per person and includes a RAD manual. Lifetime re-training is free. Previous participants are welcome to attend the courses at no cost. Due to limited class size (15 per class), pre-registration is required. While WIU female students will be given first priority to enroll, all women are encouraged to participate. Students may charge the $20 to their University accounts.

The RAD courses are sponsored by Western's Office of Public Safety, the WIU Counseling Center, Office of Student Judicial Programs, Campus Recreation and the Women's Center. For more information or to register, visit the Office of Public Safety (Mowbray Hall) or call OPS at (309) 298-1949.

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