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Turlock Police sponsoring rape defense class
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The Turlock Police Department is currently taking sign-ups for their Rape Aggression Defense class.

The course, also referred to as R.A.D. training, is a two-part class that will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14 and May 21. The training is free of charge.

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.

The R.A.D. training system was established in 1989 with the goal of teaching women an easy to learn, retain and put to use skills set that could benefit them in the event of a sexual assault. Since its inception, more than 900,000 women have gone through the training.


The course starts with developing the skills that focus on awareness, prevention, and risk reduction and avoidance. From there it moves on to the hands-on defense training. It is not a martial arts class. The program is designed for the average woman and no specific skills are needed. Finally, the women can put their new skills to use in practice scenarios that have them confronting an attacker.

The course is only open to women 15 years of age or older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Priority is given to individuals who live or work in Turlock. Participants also are required to attend both sessions.

Space is limited for the training. Those interested in taking the class should contact Crime Prevention Officer Michelle Backeroff 656-3153 or to register.