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Loyola police receives grant to help teach women self defense

February 26, 2010

The Loyola University Police Department has been awarded a $2,050 grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation to be used for the department’s Rape Aggression Defense System program at the university. The grant will go toward the purchase of a new RADS instructor’s aggressor suit and three training suits for students in the class.

LUPD sponsors the nationally recognized self-defense program, which is a 12-hour training course designed to maximize the physical defense abilities of women. The goal of RADS is to increase the number of viable options for self-defense for a woman who is attacked. Participants have the opportunity to test their newly-learned defense strategies during realistic attack scenarios.

LUPD offers the free course at least once a month to the Loyola community, to friends and family of Loyola employees, as well as to women at local universities that don’t have the program. Loyola RADS instructors have also trained community members at area battered women’s shelters and neighborhood civic associations.

Classes can be scheduled by contacting LUPD at 504-865-3434 or police@loyno.edu.

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