In New Hampshire Keene State College offered its free Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) training program to women on campus.

This self-defense class is 12-16 hours and it is designed to look at self-defense from the perspective of a woman’s physical strength, as opposed to other self-defense classes that often focus on a man’s physical strength, explained Director of Campus Safety, Amanda Guthorn.

“In R.A.D., we want women to really look at and be analytical about the types of things that they can do to defend themselves and also to give them more body confidence. So if they’re not used to using their bodies in a highly physical way for defending themselves, we give them the confidence to do that,” Guthorn said.

Campus Safety offers these classes which are taught by certified instructors at least once a semester. The classes vary in scheduling ranging from weekend classes that run 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday to a series of four three-hour weeknight classes. Students must attend all classes to become R.A.D. certified.

R.A.D. Instructor, Deb Williams, explained the class begins with the history of R.A.D. and why it was developed. Williams explained the instructor then moves on to defining terms like abduction, rape, stalking and aggression so everyone is on the same page.
The turnout at the most recent class had six participants register, however only three showed up. KSC senior Amanda Kaczynski said she believes the lengthy nature of the program might be steering students away.
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