March 31, 2011

Police department plans safety program 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 spring 2011 R.A.D., or Rape Aggression Defense system training, begins Saturday, April 9.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the training sessions. The last session on Sunday, April 17, will include simulations where instructors don the “Red Man Outfit” and participants demonstrate lesions learned in the court. To arrange interviews or for more information contact SIUC police officer Russell Thomas at 618/453-3771, ext. 274

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 April 7.

The sessions run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the assembly room at the Student Recreation Center. Dates for the program are April 9, 10, 16 and 17.

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 offered 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.

For more information or to register, call 618/453-3771. Interested participants may also register by email at