MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University is offering a self-defense course for women on campus and in the community starting Monday. ABC 10’s Sarah Mac brings us more about RAD.
RAD stands for “Rape Aggression Defense,” and, according to an NMU instructor, it’s the largest woman’s self-defense system in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent data, one in five women have experienced rape in their life and one in 20 women have experienced sexual violence other than rape.
RAD Instructor Lt. Don Peterman says, “Even though we look at Marquette, generally speaking Marquette’s not like Detroit, or like Flint, or Chicago, Milwaukee, or larger cities in Michigan or other states, but it doesn’t go to say because we’re in Marquette, and it’s a safe, little community, that it doesn’t happen here. It does.”
Even though the class is very physical you don’t have to be an athlete to participate. In fact, the majority of the courses focus on vigilance and awareness, hoping that each woman that participates will walk out the door at the end of the end a more confident woman.
“The excitement that the students bring, and the level of change they make,” Lt. Peterman added, “the confidence level they take prior to coming to this class, getting to this class, and when they finish, it’s pretty phenomenal.”
The course is free for students and $50 for other women in the community. There are several sessions still open and in need of participants.
Participants can select one of two schedules: Mondays on March 7, 14, 21 and 28; or Tuesdays on March 8, 15, 22 and 29. Both will meet from 6-9 p.m.
To sign up call NMU Public safety at 906-227-1408