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Rape defense classes offered

POSTED April 5, 2013 5:52 p.m.

The Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State University Police are working together to provide Rape Aggression Defense training to women in the Turlock community.

The training is offered at no cost to women interested in participating. The twelve hour course is broken up into two sessions over a period of two weeks. 

The R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense is a program designed to help women overcome the effects of sexual harassment and sexual violence by teaching assertiveness, awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, avoidance and physical defense strategies. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. R.A.D. is designed to be offered as a single sex education program which creates opportunities for women to grow holistically, emotionally, and physically. 

The next R.A.D. course is being held May 4 and May 11. Women interested in registering can contact Turlock Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Michelle Backeroff at 656-3153.

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