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R.A.D. teaches women defense, awareness

Published 11:55am Friday, February 15, 2013

Lt. Bill Hough, with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, will teach women to defend themselves with a Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D.) class beginning March 7.

“Susan B. Anthony once said, ‘A woman must not depend upon the protection of a man, but must be taught to protect herself,’” Hough said. “Men are not always around. Women have to be able to protect and defend themselves.”

Hough said the six-week R.A.D. class will teach women strategies that can help them defend themselves in the case of an attack.

“We teach everything possible to give you the option of defending yourself,” Hough said. “We give you a viable option in the event you’re attacked and need to protect yourself or family.”

He said the class uses the concept of repetition to ensure students are prepared to defend themselves.

“We have taught this class since 1999 and found repetition works much better in high stress situations because you don’t have to think,” Hugh said. “You want to be able to react quickly and effectively counter any attack.”

Hough said the class will be taught from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursdays and will be helpful for women of all ages.

“We’ve taught this class to women from age 18 to 70,” Hough said. “It’s going to be physical no doubt about it, but we will teach based on your physical fitness and age how to defend yourself using what you’re capable of. Attackers don’t single out a specific type of person. Anybody can be assaulted.”

Hough said the class will also teach women educational and awareness tactics.

“We teach women things like not to advertise the names of their children,” Hough said. “For example, if you have a woman with her son ‘Brian’s’ name on a basketball on the back of her car, she may go somewhere alone and have someone walk up to her and say ‘Hey, aren’t you Brian’s mom?’ That’s an in for the attacker because it gives (the woman) a feeling of comfort. (The attacker) seems to know her because he knows who her son is when, in fact,  he doesn’t.”

The cost of the six-week class is $30 and includes a training manual and lifetime return policy.

“The free lifetime return policy means you can come back free of charge and refresh at any time,” Hough said. “R.A.D. is like anything else – if you do not practice it, you do not become as proficient as you could be.”

For more information about the class or to register, call the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department at 256-825-4264.

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