Turlock to host self-defense class for women

Women are invited to California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock later this month to participate in a free self-defense training course designed to overcome sexual harassment and sexual violence.

"Rape Aggression Defense training teaches assertiveness, awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, avoidance and physical defense strategies.

The course is not martial arts training. The course is taught by a nationally certified "Rape Aggression Defense" instructor who gives each participant a workbook/reference manual.

The manual outlines the entire defense program for reference and continual improvement. The 12-hour course is for women only and is broken up into three or four sessions over two weeks.

Participants must register in advance. The course is scheduled to begin April 23 and will be held on the CSU, Stanislaus, campus.

The first meeting will be held at the South Dining Hall. The course was organized by the Turlock and the CSU, Stanislaus, police departments.

To register or get more information, call Turlock police crime prevention officer Taryn Weatherford at 656-3153.