In celebration of January being National Self Defense Awareness Month, the Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus State University Police are working together to provide Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) training to the Turlock community. The course is offered for free and is open to women only. The 12-hour course is broken up into three 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 educational program which creates opportunities for women to grow holistically, emotionally and physically. The next R.A.D. course is scheduled to begin Jan. 8, 2011. Those interested in registering can contact Turlock Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Taryn Weatherford at 656-3153.