March 26, 2001

Arming women with self-defense

Valdosta State University's Public Safety Department is doing its part to provide women with the knowledge and skills needed to protect themselves from an aggressive attack through Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) courses.

The next RAD course begins April 3 and runs through April 12. The four sessions will be held on April 3, 5, 10, and 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Continuing Education Auditorium. The cost is $15.

RAD teaches both threat avoidance strategies and assault resistance tactics for women; and is designed to reduce victimization of women through informed decision making and sensible action.

?The most important thing is being aware of your surroundings so you can avoid potentially harmful situations,? said Cpl. Dennis Nealon, crime prevention officer and RAD instructor.

For more information or to register for RAD, contact Cpl. Nealon at 229-245-6493.