"RAD" Rape Aggression Defense at FSU

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

RAD, or Rape Aggression Defense, could serve as a vital defense against abduction for women, and FSU Police say it's one of the best defense courses in the nation.

Lieutenant Terri S. Brown, a training coordinator with FSUPD, said, "I think that every woman should take this course, starting at the age of probably 12 or 13. They should have this course and I think we would have a lot less victims."

The FSU Police Department says the course, which has been around for 20 years, not only teaches all the right moves, but the right attitude as well.

Officer David Cummings, a defense instructor said, "After they take the course they are now aware that they have the physical tools necessary to defend themselves and what that does it gives them a lot of confidence and that's really good I love seeing that."

Jessica Danciu, an FSU student who took the Rape Aggression Defense class, said, "Say at a library or something, you're going to your car, make aware of your surroundings. Just little things pop into your head when you're walking and you're just more confident."

But if it came down to it, self defense skills are more than just confidence boosters.

Lieutenant Terri S. Brown also said, "A student who took the course and, uh, a few months later someone tried to abduct her in a parking lot and she effectively used techniques we taught her and escaped."

Although a human life is priceless, the course is offered for free and FSU Police say the course is available to all women. To ask the FSU Police Department about it, just call Officer David Cummings at 850-644-3660


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