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RAD Classes Begin Feb. 16

February 9, 2017

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MACOMB, IL -- To better prepare Western Illinois University female community members in defending themselves against potential assaults, WIU's Office of Public Safety (OPS) will offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course beginning Thursday, Feb. 16.

The courses, which will run from 4-7 p.m., will be held Thursdays, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9 in the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center on the WIU campus. The class is designed for women only. Topics covered include avoiding victimization, patterns of date rape encounter, basic principles of defense, full-speed hands-on exercise and dynamic simulation training.

"Every female on campus should take this class," said a RAD graduate. "I walked away with more confidence and practical skills."

There is no cost for the 12-hour course, which is taught by RAD-certified OPS police officers Jerry Allen, Jerel Jones, Krystal Scott, Derek Watts and Sarah Worthington. Lifetime re-training is free. Due to limited class size (20 per class), pre-registration is required. While WIU female students will be given first priority to enroll, females from the region are encouraged to participate.

The RAD courses are sponsored by OPS, Office of Student Judicial Programs, Campus Recreation, Interperson Violence Prevention Initiative, University Counseling Center and the Women's Center. For more information or to register, visit or call the Office of Public Safety (Mowbray Hall, 298-1949) or contact Scott at

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