January 19, 2000
CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138 or pwright@csub.edu


CSUB Offers Women Self Defense Training

Classes aimed at teaching women how to defend themselves against attack began Wednesday (Jan. 19) at California State University, Bakersfield.

The university police are offering the program, known as the Rape Aggression Defense System, to students, faculty, and staff of CSUB. According to university police officer Darren Chaney, who is certified to teach RADS, the program is the most widely used defense training protocol among colleges and universities.

The class will met Wednesday through Friday in the Old Gym, 1 to 5 p.m.

"CSUB is one of the safest campuses of the California State University, but personal safety remains one of the chief concerns among women students, faculty, and staff," Chaney said. "This program teaches women highly effective self defense methods and techniques, including the psychological aspects of defending yourself."

According to Chaney, many of those who take the class have survived an attack and still have psychological scars. Counselors will be on hand to help participants confront the difficult psychological aspects of assault and rape. Three women instructors will join three male instructors in teaching the course.

The program is a comprehensive 12-hour course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, as well as the basics of hands-on defense training. It is widely used at many CSU campuses, including San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Northridge.

CSUB will offer the course every quarter. For more information about the program, call Chaney at the University Police, 661/664-2111.

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