Auburn University and the Auburn City Police have paired together to increase women’s awareness against rape.

Together, they have created the Rape Aggression Defense program. The RAD program teaches woman different techniques for protecting themselves against male violence and also just how to be aware of their surroundings.

“We teach risk reduction techniques, awareness and hands on physical techniques.” Andrea Bartels, coordinator of RAD for Auburn University, said.

This summer, RAD was taught at the Frank Brown Recreation Center located on Opelika Road across from the post office.

This class was publicized in Auburn University’s weekly e-mail to students. People also heard about this class from local police officers and friends.

RAD is also taught through the university during the school year as a one-hour credit class. Four sections of this class are taught each year through the Department of Kinesiology.

“We teach up to 160 girls each year on Auburn’s campus.” Bartels said.

So, even if you feel that you are a cautious person and are aware of your surroundings, it never hurts to learn a little more by attending a class that is designed to help you be a safer person.

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