Females invited to self-defense training

Rape Aggression Defense Systems logoOne in three women is the victim of a sexual assault. One in five women is the victim of attempted or completed sexual assault while in college.

These statistics demonstrate the importance of educating and training women to avoid situations when possible and defend themselves when necessary.

Female students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in a free nine-hour self-defense course with certified Rape Aggression Defense instructors at NIU.

The Basic Physical Defense class is offered from 3 to 6 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 29 in Room 20 of Founders Memorial Library. Female participants will learn both risk-reducing strategies and physical defense techniques to avoid abduction.

“I hope my students will never need them, but it is important to give women the tools to fight, escape and survive, in case they do need them one day,” says Jennifer Kirker-Priest, director of the Anthropology Museum and certified RAD instructor.

The RAD program offers women realistic self-defense techniques and tactics. Course instruction gradually advances women through the practice of awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. It concludes with hands-on self-defense training.

All women are eligible to participate in this free RAD program at NIU. Each RAD student is provided with a workbook and manual for their class. After completing the class, students receive free admission to any RAD Basic Program for their lifetime.

Registration is requested. RSVP to jkirker@niu.edu or (815) 753-0230.

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