Georgetown offers rape defense classes free to female campus community

It’s no secret that sexual assault is a serious issue for the Georgetown and surrounding communities.

Last fall, the Department of Public Safety launched the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program. The program is a self-defense course totaling twelve hours over the course of two weeks. The course, which has been offered around the nation for more than twenty years, is open to all female faculty, staff, and students.

According to DPS Associate Director Joseph Smith, the program was not started in response to any specific incident, but rather, as part of an effort to encourage personal safety and security.

“The impetus for the program stemmed from a fundamental desire to enhance the safety and welfare of our students,” he wrote. “We can do all of the right things and still find ourselves in a precarious situation. In such cases, it is important to have a tactical plan in place.”

Assistant Director of Support Services Andrew Powell recommends that every female at Georgetown participate in the R.A.D. program.

“Nationwide, women from ages 13 to 85 have taken the R.A.D. course, regardless of physical ability levels,” Powell wrote. “Because the class is a mixture of both lecture theory and physical skills, everyone can benefit.”

For more information, class schedules, and a registration page, visit the program’s homepage.

4 Comments on “Georgetown offers rape defense classes free to female campus community

  1. And why, pray tell, are these classes only open to women?

  2. So now when students are sexually assaulted, DPS will email us and tell us to lock our doors AND take a self-defense class! (Of course, when a piece of rope is found in a basement alcove, they plan to “increase patrols.”)

  3. I don’t know you. That’s my purse!

    Seriously though, I would’ve liked this when I was still in school.

  4. @Nelly, there’s actually a male RAD equivalent; however, DPS doesn’t offer it. You can contact DPS, and they can let you know if any schools/organizations in the area will be offering the class.

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