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Rape Aggression Defense: Self-defense techniques empower women to escape an attack
Kelli Walters
Antelope Staff
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One of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and eight out of 10 of these rape victims had no weapon used on them other than physical force. UNK Police and Parking Services self-defense techniques may help a victim escape an attack rather than becoming just another statistic.

Sunday, April 18 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Monday, April 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Ockinga Conference Room, UNK Police and Parking Services will hold a free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class open to any woman associated with UNK.

The class focuses on rape aggression defense, which is supposed to develop and enhance the options of self-defense for a woman who is attacked.

In the class you will learn the basic principles of defense: increasing reaction time, obtaining good balance, developing a plan of action, using distraction techniques, identifying attacker’s vulnerable locations, using your personal weapons, avoiding confronting force with force, avoiding panic and learning to disengage and run.

These classes will be taught by certified rape aggression defense instructors who will not only teach the basic principles of defense but also safety in your vehicle, safety awareness in your home and making safe choices.

Any woman of any physical condition or age can successfully complete this class. To register or get more information, contact or call 308-865-8517.

By the Numbers:
If a rape is reported, there is a 50.8 percent chance of an arrest.
If an arrest is made, there is an 80 percent chance of prosecution.
If there is a prosecution, there is a 50 percent chance of a conviction.
If there is a felony conviction, there is a 69 percent chance the convict will spend time in jail.
So even if the 39 percent of attacks that are reported to the police, there is only a 16.3 percent chance the rapist will end up in prison.
Factoring unreported rapes, about 6 percent of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.
That means…15 of 16 rapists walk free.

All statistics from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network—the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.


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