Last night, 12 Stephens College students and two female security officers completed the final phase of the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) course offered on campus this semester.
The final exercise put participants in realistic scenarios through role playing, testing their response and reactions.
“It was intense,” said Tony Coleman, director of security. “Some of the students reported feeling scared, but that’s good. It allowed them to experience the real feelings associated with a dangerous situation without actually being in danger.”
Coleman and Security Officer Tasha Williams served as instructors of the eight-week course after completing their own training to earn nationally recognized R.A.D. Instructors Certification.
The program is designed to teach women to depend on themselves for protection. R.A.D. courses educate women in basic confrontational principles such as understanding reaction time, risk awareness and avoidance techniques.
“We had some fairly timid young women at the beginning of this program, and they’re now saying they feel more confident,” Coleman said. “This program is a perfect fit for Stephens—it goes hand-in-hand with our mission of empowering young women in all aspects of their lives.”
Coleman will offer four sections of the eight-week course in the fall semester, offering both morning and evening sessions.
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