Self-Defense
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Self-Defense
Self-Defense

Female students, along with faculty and staff, at Northern Illinois University will have the opportunity to learn critical self-defense techniques at a free, three-week class on campus.

Starting April 17, the class, which being offered as a way to promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays.

The course will be run by certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructors at NIU and will cover risk-reducing strategies, as well as physical defense techniques to avoid abduction.

“I hope my students will never need them, but it is important to give women the tools to fight, escape and survive in case they do need them one day,”  said Jennifer Kirker-Priest, director of the Anthropology Museum and certified RAD instructor on NIUToday.com.

Course instruction gradually advances women through the practice of awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. It concludes with hands-on self-defense training.

Each student will receive workbooks and manuals. Students who complete the course will also receive lifetime free admission to any RAD Basic Program.

The course will take place in Group Fitness Room 1 at the Student Recreation Center and is being hosted by the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety. Registration is requested. In order to RSVP, email jkirker@niu.edu or call (815) 753-0230.

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