Stephens College this semester will begin offering students R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) courses.
Two sections of the course—one in the morning and one in the evening—will be offered starting next month. Students can earn one credit for it or take it on a no-credit basis. Starting in the fall, the eight-week course will be offered twice during each semester.
“It makes perfect sense to offer such a course at a women’s college, and it goes hand-in-hand with our main goal here at Stephens—to empower our young women,” said Tony Coleman, director of security. “This is just one more thing for students to add to their life experience here and hopefully it will be something that will help them should they ever face a realistic situation during which they need to make decisions about their personal safety.”
The course educates women in basic confrontational principles such as understanding reaction time and knowing vulnerable target areas. It also teaches students about risk awareness and recognition and avoidance techniques.
Additionally, R.A.D. courses are designed to teach women to depend on themselves—not brothers, boyfriends or male friends—for protection, Coleman said. And it teaches women how to make decisions, such as when it’s best not to use force in self-defense.
Finally, the course creates opportunities for women to exert their physical strength through hands-on exercises.
Coleman and Security Officer Tasha Williams will be the instructors for the course. In December, they completed intensive training in Philadelphia to earn their nationally recognized R.A.D. Instructors Certification.
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