Free Women’s Self Defense Classes Start Sept. 9

Free Women’s Self Defense Classes Start Sept. 9

The Santa Fe College Police Department, in conjunction with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, is proud to offer the self-defense class for women known as RAD (Rape Aggression Defense). RAD is for women and girls ages 13 and up and can be completed by women of all physical abilities.

This is a free, 12-hour course spread over three nights. RAD is a self-defense course designed specifically to teach women realistic defense tactics and techniques. RAD focuses primarily on enhancing awareness, risk reduction and avoidance skills, before progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.

This program operates on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire on the part of the victim to resist. We educate women about the “fight or flight” syndrome while showing them that enhancing their physical defense options is not only prudent, but necessary for resistance to be effective.

Take action. Take control. Prevent violence in your life! Don’t wait for an unfortunate event to take place before YOU take control!

The next RAD class will be held Sept. 9, 13, and 14 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in Building S-29/30.

The class is free, but enrollment is limited to ensure the highest quality of instruction. Pre-registration is required. To register for this course, please contact Officer John R. Santos at 352-395-5452 or e-mail to

For more information about the RAD program, please visit our website at  and click on the “RAD Program” link on the homepage.