WIU's OPS to offer RAD classes in October

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To prepare Western Illinois University female students, faculty and staff in defending themselves against potential assaults, WIU's Office of Public Safety (OPS) will offer Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) courses, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The courses, which run from 4-7 p.m., will be held Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 in the Keeney Room and racquetball courts at the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center on the WIU campus. The class is designed for women only and topics include avoiding victimization, patterns of date rape encounter, basic principles of defense, full-speed hands-on exercise and dynamic simulation training.

"This class teaches you the most effective methods of defending yourself. I walked away with a great sense of confidence," said a RAD graduate.

There is no cost for the 12-hour course, which is taught by RAD-certified OPS police officers Sgt. Derek Watts, Detective Jerel Jones and officers Jerry Allen, Sarah Worthington and Krystal Scott.

Lifetime re-training is free. Due to limited class size (20 per class), pre-registration is required. While WIU female students will be given first priority to enroll, females from the region are encouraged to participate.

The RAD courses are sponsored by OPS, Office of Student Judicial Programs, Campus Recreation and the WIU Women's Center. For more information or to register, visit the Office of Public Safety (Mowbray Hall) at (309) 298-1949.

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