Rape Aggression Defense Training

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

Some ladies from Ohio County High School are taking a break from classes to learn some real life lessons from WKU police.

Western Kentucky University Police are taking a stand for women. Under a training program called Rape Aggression Defense young women are learning self-defense.

Ladies from Ohio County High School were excused for part of the day to learn self-defense techniques. Most are about to graduate and head out into the real world with this training and they'll know how to survive real life situations.

"When you see him suited up you don't pay attention to his face or who he is - you know he's trying to get you down and it's fight or flight," senior, Randi Caldwell said.

Caldwell said that in the future if she is in an aggressive situation, she won't be intimidated anymore.

"I've never really had this kind of training before," Caldwell said.

She said she won't be afraid to walk a campus alone after facing RAD instructor, Rafael Casas strapped into an aggressor training suit.

It pads his body with several pieces of inch-thick foam for protection. Casas acts as the aggressor seeking out an easy target.

"Somebody who is distracted - who isn't paying attention to surroundings," Casas explained to be that easy target. "Not every person that comes up to you is a bad person, but you have to stay alert."

Staying alert will be huge as Ashlea Duncan prepares to go to a large university in a much bigger city next year.

"It kind of calms your nerves about that situation especially coming from Ohio County," Duncan said.

Before taking this class Ashlea never knew how to say no and mean it.

"Really good strikes - they did what they needed to do. When they get their opportunity - our goal is for them to get away," Casas exclaimed.

Each girl comes away from this class with a silent confidence they didn't have before.

"You don't go brag about it. You don't go tell everybody you know. You have the power to take care of yourself when you need it," Caldwell said.

This service is free and provided by WKU. If you would like RAD training at your school, call 270-745-2548 and for more information, click here.

For abuse or rape support, Bowling Green's Hope Harbor has a 24 hour crisis line. Call them at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or (270) 846-1100. You can also log onto their website at, www.hopeharbor.net.


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