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April 2, 2009: City offers Rape Aggression Defense classes

Women ages 13 and older interested in developing the strength, mental focus, and physical skills to help them survive a criminal attack should attend the Rape Aggression Defense classes.

The Coral Springs Police Department is now offering free advanced self defense classes. The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a national program that teaches women empowering skills to avoid becoming a target and to fend off an attacker. Through repetition and practice, this course promotes muscle memory, and helps women to train in a realistic environment so they learn to survive a struggle. The RAD System is taught in four classes, which will be held over the course of one month on either a weeknight or a Saturday. Each

class is three hours, and the final class includes a physically active, hands-on scenario and graduation ceremony.

The next session begins on Tuesday, April 14 and will meet for 4 consecutive Tuesdays. Other sessions are scheduled to begin in June and September.

Class sessions are held from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Northwest Regional Library, located on the SE corner of University Drive & Sample Road, 3151 North University Drive.

While the course will be physically involved, no prior self defense training is necessary. Women must register in advance, and be able to attend each of the four sessions. A release form must also be filled out and submitted prior to taking the first class. To download the course forms, visit

For more information or to sign up, call 954-346-1227 or e-mail

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