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Therapy, self defense information offered

Stop by the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Children’s Hospital lobby to to get a free 10-minute massage offered by the Center for Therapeutic Massage. While there stop by and visit Lt. Banks of MUSC to learn more about RAD and SAFE.

by Lt. Oneida R. Banks
MUSC Public Safety, RAD instructor
Women can learn that part of their body can be used as a weapon, how to avoid confrontation and gain many more life-saving self-defense skills by participating in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems Basic Physical Defense for Women.
RAD provides basic self-defense techniques to use in real-life situations—in a dark park, for instance. In addition to hands-on training, this interactive course teaches its students awareness and crime prevention.
MUSC has such a significant population of women, from all ages, sizes and backgrounds. Women, young and old, must know how to protect themselves and realize they have the power to protect themselves. Through RAD, we’re giving women the tools to react and resist an attack, if they want to use them.
The RAD course is broken into three, three-hour sessions; a fourth dynamic simulation session that involves mock attackers in protective suits and surprise scenarios also is offered. In the initial session, RAD students receive reference manuals discussing various strategies and the basic principals of defense. Two lessons incorporate offensive and defensive postures, locating vulnerable areas of an attacker, and turning personal items into weapons. Participants of the optional simulation seminar can put together everything they’ve been taught to get themselves out of whatever mock situation they’re presented.
Because 90 percent of self-defense is mental preparedness, awareness and risk reduction are critical. The balance of self-defense is physical. RAD provides the knowledge, which builds self confidence.
Repetition is the key to making a newly learned technique into an instinct, and the RAD program assists in this development. In addition, RAD offers a lifetime free return and practice policy that allows women to continue their self-defense education at any participating university campus throughout the country. Meanwhile, RAD sessions offered by MUSC and the S.C. Department of Public Safety are free.
If a three-session course is too much of a commitment, another option is Self-Defense Awareness Familiari-zation Exchange (SAFE).
SAFE is a method of distributing crime prevention information for home study and reference. The program educates teenaged and adult women how to reduce their risk of victimization and introduces them to some physical preparedness. SAFE will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec 10 in the Harper Student Wellness Center auditorium. This course also is free of charge.
For more information on RAD and SAFE, or to register for either program, contact or 792-2261.
Stop by the Health 1st Wellness Wednesday table  between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec.3 to get a free 10-minute massage offered by the Center for Therapeutic Massage.

Editor's note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful information concerning all aspects of health.

Nov. 28, 2008

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