UHD Police Department teaches women self defense
By Diana Ambrosio
This semester the UHD police department taught a series of self-defense classes known as the Rape Aggression Defense System program. RAD is meant to teach women to use techniques and tactics against aggressors.
The classes were split into three, four-hour long sessions. Attendance for all three sessions was mandatory in order to receive a certificate of completion.
According to the brochure, the reasoning for this program is to “empower women’s confidence in protecting and defending themselves against unwanted attacks.” The main goal is for students to learn to assess the situation. During the assessment, if the ability to escape from the aggressor is available, women are encouraged to prioritize that choice.
Some women have had unfortunate encounters with people that had negative intentions.
A student in attendance, Francela Gallegos, described her reason for joining the class. She noticed that a group of men in a vehicle were following her while she was exercising at the park.
Gallegos had to come up with a plan on the spot. She walked towards an elderly couple at the parking lot and started talking to them like she knew them.
She explained to the couple her situation and they were understanding. They stayed in a group until the men drove off.
The officers were saddened when hearing Gallegos’s experience. Ultimately, she was taking the steps necessary to protect herself from any future incidents. Her experience pushed her to join the RAD.
Linda Gordillo, UHD education student, said the RAD program lifted a weight off her shoulder. With the help of the tactics and techniques learned in class, Gordillo feels that she has gained confidence in her reaction if a bad situation presents itself.
“I am so glad I pushed myself to do this,” Gordillo said. “I also encourage every woman to give it a try!”
There will be more classes in spring 2022. Be on the lookout for this information in the future.
For any questions contact instructors Detective Deionne Jackson and Officer Lisa Barajas.
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