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Self-defense program empowers women
by Megan Fink
What is the toughest part of your body and the best to use as a weapon?
How do you avoid confrontation? What do you do when attacked in a
The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System provides participants answers
to these questions and supplies basic self-defense techniques to use in
real situations. In addition to hands-on training, this interactive
course teaches awareness and crime prevention training.
“It’s important for people to know how to protect themselves and
realize they have the power to protect themselves,” said Public Safety
Lt. Oneida Banks. “We’re giving people the tools to fight and resist an
attack, if they want to use them.”
The RAD course is broken into three, three-hour sessions. A fourth
simulation session that involves mock attackers in protective suits and
surprise scenarios is optional. In the initial session, RAD students
receive reference manuals that include various strategies and the basic
principals of defense. The following 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 learned to get
themselves out of whatever mock situation they’re presented.
According to the RAD program, “90 percent of self-defense is mental
preparedness; and the other 10 percent is physical.” RAD provides the
knowledge, which builds self confidence, said Banks. “We have such a
great population of women on this campus…I hope people take advantage
of the program.”
RAD sessions through MUSC’s Department of Public Safety are free. The
next course begins Sept. 2 and continues Sept. 10, 12, and 15, from 6-9
p.m., in the Harper Student Wellness Center auditorium. For those
unable to join the September course, RAD also is offered Oct. 8, 10,
17, and 20.
If a three-session course is too much of a commitment, there is another
option called Self-Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange (SAFE).
SAFE is a method of distributing crime prevention information for home
study and reference. The program educates teenaged and adult women on
how to reduce their risk of victimization and introduces them to some
physical preparedness. SAFE is held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21, 22, 25, 28, and
29, in the Harper Student Wellness Center auditorium. This course also
is free of charge.
Repetition is the key to making a newly-learned technique into an
instinct, and the RAD program assists in this development. An extra
feature of RAD is its lifetime free return and practice policy, which
allows women to continue their self-defense education at any
participating university campus throughout the country.
For information on RAD and SAFE, or to register for either program,
contact Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 792-2261.
Friday, Aug. 22, 2008
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