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RAD Classes to Begin Feb. 8

January 19, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – The best offense is a good defense.

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 Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The courses, which will run from 6-9 p.m., will be held Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center on the WIU campus. The class is designed for women only, said RAD Instructor OPS Cpl. Kerrie Bishop. Topics covered include avoiding victimization, patterns of date rape encounter, basic principles of defense, full-speed hands-on exercise and dynamic simulation training.

"RAD is a fantastic class. The instructors are wonderful, and really break down the moves so they are easy to learn and remember," said a RAD graduate. "I hope I never have to use what I learned in a real-life situation, this class has given me more confidence to better defend myself."

The cost of the 12-hour course, which is taught by RAD-certified police officers Jerry Allen, Bishop, Nate Garlick and Derek Watts, is $20 per person, which includes a RAD manual. Lifetime re-training is free. Previous participants are welcome to attend the courses at no cost. Due to limited class size (15 per class), pre-registration is required. While WIU female students will be given first priority to enroll, all University women are encouraged to participate. Students may charge the $20 to their University accounts.

The RAD courses are sponsored by Western's Office of Public Safety, Office of Student Judicial Programs, Campus Recreation and the Women's Center. For more information or to register, visit the Office of Public Safety (Mowbray Hall) or contact Bishop at (309) 298-1949.

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