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Kettering Police Offer Self-Defense Course
KETTERING -- The Kettering Police Department wants women to fight back. The department started its first R.A.D. self-defense class for the year Tuesday night. The Rape Aggression Defense system is a basic physical instructional course to develop and enhance the option of self-defense.
Every Tuesday night for the month of March, 25 women will meet to talk about the threat of an attack, how to prevent it and when to take action.
Sgt. Lee Sanders with Kettering Police has been a R.A.D. instructor since 2006.
"We want the women to be able to determine that they're not going to be a victim, so we give them the tools to decide that," says Sanders.
36-year-old Jennifer Bowser lives in Bellbrook, she decided to take the class to increase her confidence and knowledge on exactly what to do in case of an attack.
"I'd like to learn about situations where I need to be more cautious and how I can be more cautious, situations to try and avoid and obviously how to get out of a bad situation if I'm ever in one," says Bowser.
The 12-hour course starts with an introductory instructional class, followed by three classes where the students will learn the physical basics of self-defense.
"You never know what can happen and to also know what to do and have those escape plans and those techniques in your mind so when you're panicked or when you are upset you have muscle memory and you have you're learning in your mind that you know exactly how to handle it," says Bowser.
The Kettering Police Department offers about four self-defense courses a year, the cost is $25 a person and can hold up to 25 women.
Once you complete the course, you can re-take it at any time for free.
The next course starts in July, if you are interested, contact the Kettering Police Department at (937) 296-3250.
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