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Columbus AFB gets RAD

During the Rape Agression Defense Course participants were taught both physical and nonphysical ways to defend against an assault. Representatives from the Mississippi Univeristy for Women Police Department were on hand to teach the RAD class. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

During the Rape Agression Defense Course participants were taught both physical and nonphysical ways to defend against an assault. Representatives from the Mississippi Univeristy for Women Police Department were on hand to teach the RAD class. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Airman 1st Class Danielle Powell)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- To celebrate National Crime Victims Rights' Week April 23 through 29, Columbus AFB hosted a three day Rape Aggression Defense Course.
This class was taught by Sherry Honsinger, RAD coordinator at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss., and Sara Beth Honsinger, RAD instructor at MUW.
According to the MUW webpage, the Rape Aggression Defense is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques that is taught only to women. This program offers these techniques to women regardless of age, ability, experience or strength. The program participant is provided with manual for reference and practice.
Once a female has gone through this program, she will have the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense if she was put into a situation of assault. She will be provided with both physical and non-physical options.
A participant is also provided with a free lifetime return and practice policy that is honored all over the United States and Canada. The RAD program is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
"I stumbled upon this by accident. A member of our department was an instructor and held a class for his certification. My daughter and I both attended and I enjoyed it," said Sherry Honsinger. "This is a program that I truly believe in."
Honsinger and her daughter have been certified instructors since 2003. They both returned to receive their advanced certification in 2004. They teach this program as well as the RAD kids program which is offered to youth ages three to 12.
RAD programs are given upon request from the MUW Police Department. For more information about this group or for setting up a program, call Sherry Honsinger at 241-7777.