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Self-defense training for women

May 16, 2019

Friendswood Police Department is hosting a 15-hour self-defense training program for girls and women ages 12 and older that will run from May 30 through June 2.

The Rape Aggression Defense course, or RAD, emphasizes avoiding or deterring an aggressor, said Kevin Crouch, a crime prevention officer with the department.

But if those don’t stop an attack, the course “offers simple muscle movement techniques that are designed for a woman to stop the aggression,” he said.

Crouch said the course is good for mothers and daughters to attend together because about 40 percent of the course is discussion.

Topics discussed will include stalking, harassment, dating violence, family violence, online threats and date-rape drugs.

Crouch said instructors for the course are members of the police department who all have personal experiences or have worked cases that involved these issues.

The course starts with a focus on awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance and includes hands-on defense training.

“We understand the steps that need to be taken to successfully safeguard oneself and, if necessary, prosecute the crime,” Crouch said.

“Each student will walk away with a much better understanding of the law and how it is applied.”

The fee is $25 per person and can be paid on the first day by cash or check. Each participant must attend all four days.

Training will take place at Hope Lutheran Church, 1804 S Friendswood Drive.

The course is from 6-9:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday.

To register, email Crouch at kcrouch@friendswood.com

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