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Police Offer Rape Aggression Defense Program

Sept. 7, 2012

In a continuing effort to improve public safety, University Police has scheduled its Rape Aggression Defense program to kick off Sept. 21.

Specifically designed to teach women awareness and defensive techniques useful in threatening situations, the program is offered on college and university campuses across the country.

The program covers risk awareness/recognition, risk prevention, risk reduction ad risk avoidance, according to Corporal Irs Cortes, RAD instructor and an officer with Cal State Fullerton's University Police Department.

“Our final session is a voluntary segment in which students employ the techniques they have learned to break and run from police officers in padded suits in three different simulated attack scenarios,” said Cortes.

The simulation allows participants to react in a safe and controlled environment. Non-threatening experiences can reinforce a student's learned technique. Students review simulations to further strengthen their skills.

“RAD is all about self-empowerment,' added Cortes, "about providing students, faculty and staff members options, so that, no matter where they are, they can feel secure."

A video of the training is available on the University Police website.

Sessions are open to 20 individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis. and will be held from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 in the Student Recreation Center.

A $25 program fee pays for the RAD manual available on the first day of class. Workshops require comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

To reserve a space, call University Police at 657-278-4308.

University Police has offered the program on campus since 2001, co-sponsored by the recreation center and Student Health and Counseling Center.

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