Calling all females!…if you want to learn self-defense techniques, gain self-confidence and snag some elective course credit at the same time, the Rape Aggression Defense program will offer credit hours for the first time beginning fall 2011.
The R.A.D. class has been offered at Valdosta State to all female students, faculty, staff and non-students for some time, but it has never offered any college credit for participating.
“We have worked long and hard to get this class approved as an hour worthy class,” Holly Wright, R.A.D. coordinator, said. “This course is my baby and I want to see it through to its fullest potential.”
Currently, Wright is the head honcho over the R.A.D. classes; however, there are eight other instructors who head the course, including two officers with the VSUPD.
The intensive course instructs participants on specific self-defense techniques in the event of an assault, but mainly focuses on the theory of “Get away! Don’t Fight!”
Many students agree that offering the R.A.D. course for credit hours is a good idea.
“I think that it is great that they are giving credit hours for the R.A.D. course,” Susan Kouril, accounting major, said. “If students are going to take the time to participate in the course then they should be able to obtain some hours.”
The R.A.D. course is expected to fill up quickly when registration begins. Any females who are interested in enrolling are urged to register early.
“The Rape Defense course is an awesome thing,” Maurice Diamond, theater major, said. “I heard it is a tough course and it is only right that they give you hours for completing the class.”
Women are strongly encouraged to participate in the R.A.D. course, whether it is for course credit or simply for self improvement.