The University Police Department (UPD) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is hosting a three-day Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Class for women, March 1-3. The course is open to faculty, staff, students and community members.
What: RAD Class: A three-day, women-only self defense course
When: March 1-3 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Must attend all 3 days)
Where: University Police Department, Emergency Operations Center, CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos.
Cost: Students: Free; Faculty, Staff, Community: $10
The course is designed to teach females how to prevent being attacked, as well as learn basic self-defense techniques one could implement during an attack.
“The biggest misconception of being attacked is who the attacker is and the force in which they use, especially on college campuses,” said Police Officer Matthew Curran.
Many times rapes are portrayed through entertainment and movies as the unknown attacker lying in wait. While these rapes do occur and are violent, they are rare.
“Most people who are attacked are attacked by someone they know,” said Curran. “These instances usually arise when both parties have been drinking or doing drugs. The attacks occur at parties or in personal areas, such as dorm rooms, when the [attacker] has been invited in.”
During the course, instructors will lead group discussions and use practical demonstrations and instruction to teach blocking, striking and freeing oneself from chokes or bear hugs. Once a student has attended the 12-hour course, they can expect to implement these skills in real-world scenarios.
Students of the class will also learn what they can do in their day-to-day routine to help them reduce their chances of being attacked.
“Ninety percent of self defense is avoidance,” said Curran. “If it can’t be avoided, then providing our students with a ‘survival mindset’ that will instill the confidence they need to defend themselves.”
Students must be 15 years or older to participate and those under 18 years old must have a waiver signed by their guardian. To register for the class visit their website, or more information contact the UPD at firstname.lastname@example.org.