Ferris State University police officer Joy Paquette says every woman should be trained to defend herself, and the university is offering a free class to make that happen.

Paquette believes women will feel empowered to make decisions about their safety by taking her class, which uses the Rape Aggression Defense curriculum. RAD, the world’s largest self-defense program, has trained more than 250,000 women since it was developed in 1989 by a campus police officer.

Women ages 13 and older can register now for the two-day class, which will be offered from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 at Ferris’ West Campus Community Center.

“Every woman who takes this class will be confident and empowered,” Paquette said. “I’ve seen women who were very shy at first walk out a totally different person.”

The course is designed to teach students how to avoid dangerous situations and basic self-defense moves if they find themselves in one.

“We teach different self-defense options and work through various scenarios,” Paquette said. “It’s all about technique, not strength.”

Skills learned in the RAD class are not a guarantee against preventing or being injured in an attack, but they provide women with options.

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