By Bailey Templin—
At least once every semester, the Tarleton Police Department puts on a Rape Aggression Defense, or R.A.D., class for women as a way to give back to the community. According to R.A.D.’s website, the classes include “educational components comprised of lecture, discussion, and physical resistive strategies” that they teach in a relatively short period of time.
Tarleton’s R.A.D. classes are 12-hour courses broken down into four days. They are open to all women in the community and are free. One participant who took a R.A.D. class this spring said it helped her learn how to react if someone attacked her or her friends.
“I feel more safe because I know how to defend myself and my friends if I needed to,” said Landry Wells, a pre-nursing student. “I feel confident that I would be able to get out of a scary situation and alert someone to help if needed.”
Sgt. Kristie Bint of the Tarleton Police Department said the next R.A.D. class sessions are set for Sept. 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The R.A.D. classes are held in Wisdom Gym and are taught by instructors Sgt. Bint, Sgt. Amanda Miller and Officer Doug Johnson.
Sgt. Bint said there is a huge need for the women in the community to take self-defense classes.
“Women are not taught to defend themselves as men are, even though we get into disagreements that could lead to altercations,” she explained. “We teach techniques and the laws surrounding self-defense, along with knowledge that could help prevent harm to anyone.”
Seven sexual assaults were reported to Tarleton police this year, according to the department’s daily crime log. Three of the cases were located at Heritage Hall, two at Honeywell Annex, one at Legends Hall and one at Integrity Hall. Two cases of stalking also were reported as well as a case of dating violence.
Wells encouraged more women to attend R.A.D. classes.
“It was a fun and free way to learn how to protect yourself and feel more confident in your abilities,” she said.
For more information about the R.A.D program, visit http://www.rad-systems.com/program_tx.html. For any questions about Tarleton’s R.A.D. program, email Tarleton’s Police Department at email@example.com.