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Course teaches: 'Don't get scared, get RAD!'

Sturbridge Police offer self-defense program

Officer Joe Lombardi pretends to be an attacker as a woman defends herself. File photo/ Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
January 05, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Some women make it through their entire lives without ever experiencing a physical confrontation or assault. Others are not so fortunate.

To help provide women with the skills to avoid such a situation — and the confidence to protect themselves in one — the Sturbridge Police Department is hosting RAD throughout February.

Standing for Rape Aggression Defense, RAD is a class for women age 16 and older designed to provide them with the tools needed to recognize dangerous situations and to handle themselves if ever faced with a physical attacker.

Now in its 10th year in Sturbridge, RAD is as empowering as it is educational for women of all ages.

"The main goal of the program is to learn techniques," explained Officer Joseph Lombardi, who is one of the RAD instructors along with Det. Mark Saloio and Officer Pamela DesPlaines.

Those techniques include not only the physical, but the mental as well.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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