A R.A.D. class participant practices her defensive moves with Lt. Bill Hough. | Laura Pemberton
A R.A.D. class participant practices her defensive moves with Lt. Bill Hough. | Laura Pemberton

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R.A.D. teaches self-defense strategies, self-confidence

Published 11:37am Saturday, March 23, 2013

Women in Alexander City are learning how to better protect themselves – thanks to Lt. Bill Hough of the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department.

Hough is teaching a Rape Aggression Self Defense (R.A.D.) class that teaches women defense strategies to protect themselves in the event of an attack.

“It’s designed specifically for women for them to better protect themselves,” Hough said. “This type of training allows women to fight back. We’re teaching them to defend themselves and then escape.”

Hough said learning to flee is the goal of the course, not aggression.

“Our goal is to teach women to escape and survive,” Hough said. “I think this class teaches training that gives women a viable option in the event they’re attacked.”

Hough said the class works with basic techniques to teach women of all ages and physical levels.

“I’ve learned what you have to do to be safe,” said Glenda Abbett, a student in the R.A.D. class. “It’s been fun to learn, and it’s good exercise.”

Hough said the repeating the techniques ensures thinking won’t be required in a high stress situation.

“We teach under the concept of repetition,” Hough said. “People are creatures of habit – they perform how they practice.”

Class participants said the R.A.D. training has not only improved their knowledge of defense strategies, but also their self-confidence.

“Lt. Hough is teaching us to defend ourselves,” said Candice Morris, a participant in the class. “I’ve never done anything like this before, and I was really nervous when I started. I feel really confident now. I didn’t think this was something I had in me.”

Hough said registration for his current R.A.D. class is closed, but those interested in participating in another session may contact the Sheriff’s Department at 256-825-4264.

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