WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - As Purdue students get settled back into the classroom, some women were stepping it up in the RAD classroom Monday night.
Katie Fabricie is beginning her career a elementary school teacher. She said signing up for the Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, class at Purdue was a no-brainer.
"I have never lived by myself before and I might be doing that next year. I come from a very big family, so I haven't really spent time alone. So, it makes me kind of nervous, so I just want to feel more comfortable doing that," said Fabricie.
RAD classes are nationally-recognized, basic self-defense classes. During the classes, women will have to defend themselves in real life situations. Purdue police Sgt. John Goetz said self-defense is 90 percent education.
"This class gives a lady the opportunity to take her self defense into her own hands, her protection, her safety into her own hands," said Goetz.
Goetz said the remaining 10 percent of self-defense is physical.
"We spend a lot of time in here, actually training on how to strike people properly. The techniques that are employed in this class are actually geared towards a woman's physique to be most beneficial and allow them to employ the most power possible," said Goetz.
And that's exactly what Fabricie came to do, along with eight others Monday night, employ the most power possible when it comes to protecting herself if she was ever attacked.
"It would be nice to, you know, have these skills and know how to handle that," said Fabricie.
The classes are free and usually offered once a semester. Again, they are open to any woman in the community, so you don't have to be a Purdue student.
The West Lafayette police department also offers a free RAD course for women, as well as separate courses for children and senior citizens.
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