The University Police Department is taking sign-ups for a four-session self-defense course for women. The course is open to students, faculty and staff members.

RAD — Rape Aggression Defense — teaches awareness and prevention techniques, as well as realistic self-defense tactics. Physical and non-physical options are presented as well as insight into the attacker’s mindset. It is not a martial arts program, and does not require a high level of fitness.

Numbers reveal a disturbing need: According to RAD, 90,000 rapes are reported each year in the United States – which means one every seven minutes – but 90 percent of rapes are unreported. One in three women is sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

The course is taught by three university police officers and Christine Erickson, assistant vice president for student affairs.

The upcoming series will be taught from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 5, 7, 12 and 14. The first session will be held at the University Police Department, Valley Hall, Suite F; the location for the last three sessions has yet to be determined.

The course is free, and participants will receive a manual to keep and use for reference. Participants must attend all four class sessions to earn a certificate.

Space is limited. Reserve your space by contacting Corporal Carolyn McIntyre at 582-3410 or cmcintyre@csumb.edu.

The course will be offered again in the fall.

More information is available here

Read a story in the Monterey County Weekly about last fall's course.

The RAD class is open to students, faculty and staff