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Public Safety works to prevent sexual assault

Rachel Stalker, ‘Doah Staff Writer
September 18, 2013

'Doah photo by Renee Sogueco  Department of Public Safety officers lead a group of students during the first RAD class on Sept. 9

‘Doah photo by Renee Sogueco
Department of Public Safety officers lead a group of students during the first RAD class on Sept. 9

As of last week, Department of Public Safety Officers Kelcey Webster and Adam Smith are conducting free Rape Aggression Defense Training classes.

Webster states that this program is being held to teach women on our campus how to defend themselves against “abduction-type attacks by a male aggressor.” Webster believes it is “simple, no-nonsense approach to women’s self defense.”

As sexual assault is becoming more and more of a global issue, this class is coming at the perfect time. “First, all women face a very serious risk of some type of physical or sexual assault.

On campus, the Department of Public Safety helps to minimize this risk through regular foot and vehicle patrols, among other things. Even so, we cannot be everywhere, at all times.”

This class is meant to empower the women on campus to feel confident in being able to protect themselves and each other. The skills taught in this class “can and should stay with them throughout their lives, ready to be called upon whenever needed.

The class prepares women with four skills. The first is for each woman to identify her options for self-defense. The second is to instill “an attitude of self-dependency in regard to her personal safety.” The third is the importance of decision-making. And finally, the last skill for each woman to learn is to realize the extent of her own physical power.

There will be eight sections with three classes each. The first section started on Monday, Sept. 9 and there will be sections held until the end of the semester.

Search for the training classes on Facebook under “R.A.D. Training for Women”. All of the dates and times of each section are listed there. You can sign up for this class by emailing safety@su.edu.

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