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Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD):

Empowering Women Through Self-Defense

I will be offering a new RAD training in Spring 2018. This class is sponsored by the Zonta Club of Medford and the West Medford Community Center.


The goal of RAD is to provide realistic self-defense options--including both risk reduction and physical resistance--to women. Preparation through education and training is the best way to learn how to avoid (if possible) or survive (when needed) an assault situation.


The RAD Systems objective: "to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked."  The overall goal of RAD is to reduce victimization through informed decision-making and sensible action.


Here's some of what you will learn in the class:

  • Discuss risk avoidance and reduction methods
  • Learn techniques to break holds and disable your assailant
  • Develop a defensive mindset
  • Empower yourself through a realization of your own physical strength

Who can attend? Any woman age 14 and up who wants to learn more about protecting herself. Girls under 18 must have parental consent. Please email me at for the form.


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Date: March or April 2018, Usually on Sundays


Time: TBD, afternoons


Place: West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street, Medford, MA


Cost: $50 (some partial scholarships available)


To register: call me at 781-306-0642 or email me at Payment due at first class



Zonta International is an organization of professionals working together to advance the status of women world-wide through service and advocacy. November 25-December 10 they run a global campaign called 16 Days of Activism, whose purpose is to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels, and demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world organizing in opposition to violence against women.










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