The nationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program for women is being offered at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.
As WHTM reports, one in three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, which is why it’s vital to know how to defend yourself.
“I was going to be going abroad for a semester and I was going to Cusco in Peru,” said Haley Diener, a student who took the RAD course. “I wanted to be able to really take care of myself should any situation arise,” she said.
One of the most important lessons taught in the RAD course is situational awareness.
“Everyone is walking around…on their cell phone. And the concentration, the focus is here…they’re totally oblivious to what’s going on around them,” said Dale Boyer, a RAD instructor. “If there’s one key, one little element that I would love to stress, that’s being more aware of what’s going on around you.”
According to WHTM, students are taken through real-life scenarios, like what to do when an attacker grabs you by the wrist.
“I’m not teaching you to be a martial artist and be Bruce Lee and get up there and do all that stuff. That’s not what we’re about,” Boyer said. “What we’re doing is we’re teaching our students to disable or distract an attacker long enough to get away, to get to some place safe,” he said.
Empowerment is another vital aspect to the class.
“The other part is realization of their own physical power. And that’s the amazing part for so many of our students,” said Boyer. “And the first time that shout that, ‘No!’ Or the first time they strike that bag with full intensity, they realize, ‘I can do this.'”
The course, which is 12 hours long, is offered for free to students and staff at Elizabethtown College.
To get a full list of locations where the RAD program is taught, go to http://www.rad-systems.com.
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