University Police host first RAD training for students

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]CLARION, Pa. – Clarion University students participated in the first of two sessions for the Rape Aggression Defense Systems Program on Feb. 22.
Corporal Gregg Smith and Police Sergeant Marcy Trombetta led the workshop which saw 12 students attend. The program is a total of 12 hours, with the second session being held March 29.
Chief Joseph Graham praised the program saying, “RAD is an excellent program which increases student safety as well as improves self-confidence. Sergeant Marcy Trombetta and Corporal Greg Smith have really stepped-up to the plate to make this RAD program a reality.   Without their willingness to teach this program for the University, it would not have happened. The students in this program are lucky to have two fine, seasoned instructors as Sergeant Trombetta and Corporal Smith.”
He also described the program as potentially becoming the difference between life or death for someone who attends the training sessions, as it teaches students how to defend themselves from an attacker.
Cpl. Smith introduced RAD to Clarion University in 1994, which has since held around 70 to 80 classes. He said, “Not only does it give the participant the physical abilities to defend themselves, but also gives them the mental mindset to survive.”
“The more people we have to participate not only the better that they would feel but the safer the community becomes. It is a very empowering and very good program,” Cpl. Smith said.
He added that over the years different departments that have participated included some staff and faculty, and the Keeling Health Centre staffs was one of the first classes, when they had longer opening hours into the night. RAD has been a program since 1989, and the mission statement, according to their website rad-systems.com is, “The mission of the R.A.D. Systems is to establish an accessible, constantly improving and internationally respected alliance of dedicated Instructors. These Instructors in turn, will provide educational opportunities for women, children, men and seniors to create a safer future for themselves. In doing this, we challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life.”
The police department worked with Donna Schaefer, Property Manager of Reinhard Villages, where the event was held and Michelle Kealey of Residence Life to bring the program to the university for another year.
Amanda Wade, a Givan community assistant participated in the program and said, “I found it beneficial for anyone. It is a great way to learn basic self defense classes. It could be something I use if I need too – just walking down the street. If someone would attack I could use this as a way to defend myself and it come natural. I would recommend it to others, it is a great resource to have. I learned a lot of self-defense from it which I could use if I had to. I learned how to protect myself if I would ever need to.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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