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Rochester Police Department to Host R.A.D. Self-Defense Classes

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Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that the Rochester Police Department will be hosting a three-part Rape Aggression and Defense (R.A.D.) course starting in March.

The program is designed to teach women personal safety skills, and includes lesson in awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to hands-on physical defense techniques.

“The self-defense tactics taught in the course can make a huge difference in helping protect women in the event of an attack, though we hope they never need to use them,” Chief Toussaint said. “I encourage all women in the community to participate if they are interested.”


• Saturday, March 7 from noon-4 p.m.

• Sunday, March 8 from noon-4 p.m.

• Saturday, March 14 from noon-4 p.m.


Second floor of the Rochester Ice Arena, 63 Lowell St.


Participants in the general R.A.D. program will learn a wide range of tactics, including how to avoid confrontations, escape from a scene and defend themselves during an attack. At the end of both courses, women will have the opportunity to practice their skills in realistic simulation exercises.

The first two classes require attendance and the third, which will feature a simulation to practice the skills taught in the previous classes, is optional.

Attendees must register for the course at the Rochester Recreation Department office at the Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield St.

The program is open to women 18 years or older and costs $10. This payment goes towards the yearly instructor certifications and replacing worn out equipment. Financial assistance is available.

For more information, contact Officer Kyle Danie at [email protected]

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