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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 29, 2009

University Police to offer self-defense course for women

Women of all ages are encouraged to take part in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes offered through the University Police Department. The free course is from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, and continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, through Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Classes will take place at the University Police Department headquarters located northeast of the Administration Building near the intersection of North College Drive and West Ninth Street.

University Police Officer Kristina Martinez said RAD training is an opportunity for women to take active steps toward reducing the possibility that they will become victims of assault or other acts of violence. She said the goal of RAD is to help women recognize and avoid danger, and if they find themselves in danger, they will know how to escape.

"The defense we teach is simple and effective," Martinez said. "We focus on clean and easy techniques that are effectively placed. We use several kinds of pads and floor mats, and we have a lot of practice. Being abducted is the last thing we want to happen, so we teach women how to get away."

During the class sessions, women learn how to recognize an unsafe environment and perform techniques for effective self-defense. At the end of the course, participants practice their skills against a qualified trainer wearing a padded RAD suit.

Though the RAD course is aimed at Northwest students, any woman who wants to learn self-defense skills is welcome to participate. No special clothing or equipment is required for the course, but participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement.

To learn more about the RAD training course at Northwest, contact Martinez at 660.562.1254 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468