Building upon the popularity of its self-defense classes for women, the University of Illinois Police Department has begun offering similar classes for men.
Women at the university have been learning about realistic self-defense tactics and techniques through a class called Rape Aggression Defense, also known as RAD, since 1996.
The women’s program is a comprehensive course that teaches women about awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and gives them basic hands-on defense training, according to Sgt. Joan Fiesta of the UI Police Department.
UI Police Detective Robert Murphy estimates that at least 600 women have learned about self-defense by taking the RAD course, so it made sense to offer something similar for men on campus.