November 09, 2009

Training program focuses on safety for women

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is again offering a nationally recognized program for women that teaches self-defense tactics as well as techniques to reduce the risk of an attack.

The R.A.D., or Rape Aggression Defense system, training begins Saturday, Jan. 23.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the training sessions. The last session on Sunday, Jan. 31, will include simulations where instructors don the “Red Man Outfit” and participants demonstrate lessons learned in the course. To arrange interviews or for more information contact SIUC police officers Scott Miller or Russell Thomas at 618/453-3771.

The training is free and open to any female 12 and older, although participants under 17 require parental approval. Participants should wear something comfortable for classes. Participants must attend all four classes.

SIUC’s Department of Public Safety offers the classes. The application deadline is Jan. 15.

The sessions run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the assembly room at the Student Recreation Center. Dates for the program are Jan. 23, 24, 30 and 31.

The program focuses on mental planning and preparation before a woman finds herself in trouble, and also provides a simple physical training program. Police officers certified as R.A.D. instructors teach the program, which is not a martial arts program. The department has provided more than 20 R.A.D. classes; they usually are available twice a year.

The comprehensive course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. The program also offers techniques for escaping and surviving an attack.

The program can provide women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. The program is not just about how to confront an attacker; the key is risk reduction, avoidance, and having a mental plan that outlines safety techniques.

The program is very important, SIUC police officer Russell Thomas said.

“All females should have knowledge and the training to fight off an attacker,” he said. “They need the tools and knowledge to know how to prevent and keep themselves safe from injury.”

For more information or to register, call 618/453-3771.