August 26, 2010

Self-defense class for women starts Sept. 25

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will again offer a nationally recognized program for women that teaches self-defense tactics and techniques to reduce the risk of attack.

The R.A.D., or Rape Aggression Defense system training, begins Saturday, Sept. 25.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the training sessions. The last session on Sunday, Oct. 3, 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 officer 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 Sept. 18.

The sessions run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the assembly room (room 158) in the Student Recreation Center. Dates for the program are Sept. 25, 26, and Oct. 2 and 3.

“The RAD program creates the chaotic elements of real confrontation. It allows the students to test their skills and refine the critical plans of action that are taught throughout the program,” SIUC police officer Russell Thomas said. “The instructors will provide the educational opportunities to the students for them to respond to a critical situation. The goal for the instructor is educate the student to develop and enhance the many options of self-defense, so those options become viable considerations to the woman or child that is attacked.”

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 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.

Each student will receive a manual for reference and practice. R.A.D. is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Contact Thomas for more information or to register at 618/453-3771 or by email at