Defense class discusses prevention, protection

“No!” Rape Aggression Defense students shouted as they practiced kicks and punches Saturday and Sunday.The students have to vocalize the “no” so they learn to be loud during an attack, TCU Police Officer Pam Christian said.

The RAD class began with a discussion about prevention of attacks. The instructors then taught kicks and punches.

The kicks are used to keep distance from an attacker, Christian said.

Officer Walker Johnson, co-instructor of the course, said the students should not feel squeamish about going for the throat or the eyes.

“You have to remember that he started it,” Johnson said. “So hurt him first.”

The final part of the class was a simulation. Both instructors dressed in padding and pretended to attack students in three different real-life situations so the students could practice kicks and punches.

Vineeta Menezes, an MBA student, said the goal of the simulation was to teach the students to get away.

“You don’t have to hurt them,” Menezes said. “Just get away.”

Officer Mike Fazlinejad, co-instructor of the course, said the students need to control their breathing during the fight so they remain strong and do not panic.

“As soon as you panic, you lose half of your brain,” Fazlinejad said.

Alison Raff, a junior movement science major, said she did not remember everything when the simulation began but remembered enough to successfully escape.

Raff said she had never taken the course before because of the 12-hour time commitment, but she said she was glad she did.

“It was worth the 12 hours,” Raff said.

Vicki Lindsey, an administrative assistant, said she took the class to be prepared when she goes to work early or leaves late.

“I’ve wanted to take it for a long time,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey brought her daughter Danielle Hunt, a first-grade teacher and TCU graduate. Hunt said she took the class because being a mother makes her want to be safer.

Hunt said people do not think about how vulnerable they really are.

Many people are apathetic and too busy to come to the classes, Johnson said. However, he said, when some rapes happened several years ago, there were two or three full classes a semester.