The nationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program for women has been taught at Oakland University in Michigan since 1995, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down.

According to the Oakland Post, the next RAD program starts on Sept. 29 and there are six sessions in the course. Classes will take place from 7-10 p.m.

The RAD program emphasizes avoidance and teaches techniques to reduce the risk of assault. It specifically focuses on awareness, recognition, reduction and avoidance.

But the class doesn’t just focus on prevention. OU Police Department Lieutenant Terry Ross told the Post that some women who take the class have already been victims of sexual assault and use RAD as a form of recovery.

David Schwartz, Director of Counseling at Oakland University, agreed with Ross’ assessment.

“The class is designed to be very empowering,” Schwartz said. “After a traumatic event like a sexual assault, anything to gain more power is a positive step.”

According to the Post, Ross and his team have taught the RAD program to nearly 6,000 students and community members since 1995.

The class takes place in the West Vandenberg Hall glass cafeteria. It is free to those with an OU affiliation, otherwise a $35 donation is required.

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