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UT Offers Rape Defense Course

Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 10:37 PM CDT

The harsh reality is that rape and sexual assault can happen to anyone and anywhere.

An Austin hospital told KEYE TV that more than 500 rape kits were submitted from July 2013 to July 2014.

These unsettling statics are part of the reason the University of Texas is offering a proactive program to help people better protect themselves against attacks.

The program is called Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) and it is a three day course. The classes teach anything from self-defense, crime tips, and everything to empower people against an attack. 

The free course is taught on campus through the end of October, and the classes are for everyone ages 13 to 90 years old.

Laura Davis is a Lieutenant with the UT Police Department, and she is the director for RAD in the state of Texas.

Davis said this program is crucial to empower people to learn to defend themselves.

"If something does happen they have the tools in their arsenal to defend themselves against an attacker," Davis said. "They feel that this is a campus that has a bubble around it and it's safe, and while we are one of the safer campuses here in the nation we are still in the middle of a city. Crime does happen on campus, and not all the time are [attacks] on campus, and most of our students live off campus, so we need to talk about those things."

The course is an important lesson for everyone, because everyone can be vulnerable.

For more information on the RAD program, click here: http://www.utexas.edu/police/rad/

By Cassie Gallo

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UT Offers Rape Defense Course


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