Wichita State University (WSU) will soon offer rape aggressive defense classes tailored toward women.
“The ultimate goal is to give each individual the skill set they need to defend themselves,” said Jennifer Williams, a dispatcher with WSU police.
Williams and two other WSU police members recently attended a R.A.D. Systems training course in St. Louis. Now that the women are instructors, they plan to host rape aggressive defense classes for students.
The classes will focus on techniques and scenarios on how to escape an attacker.
“All I’ve ever wanted to do was help people and this is one way I can help each individual I come in contact with,” Williams said. “Everybody deserves the right to defend themselves.”
One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
In 2017, WSU police investigated one rape and two sexual batteries.
“One is too many. It’s just plain and simple,” Williams said.
KSN asked some people at WSU on Monday what they think about the training.
“If you are attacked, those first few seconds, that is really your chance to get away,” said Angela Sager. “I lived in New York for awhile so I do understand the importance of having that sort of training.”
WSU has not announced dates and times of the training courses, but Williams said they will likely begin in August.
R.A.D. Systems is an internationally recognized program dedicated to a self defense education through lecture, discussion and physical resistive strategies.