For the first time this semester, the Ammerman campus offered free self-defense training for female students, staff and faculty.
The training, called R.A.D. for Rape Aggression Defense, was founded by Lawrence N. Nadeau, a former Virginia State University police officer and U.S. Marine. The program was developed to become a vital tool for women to defend themselves from an aggressor.
“We teach woman on campus simple, effective techniques anyone can do,” said Public Safety Officer Jillian Carlos, a certified R.A.D. instructor on the Ammerman campus. “There are moves that every woman should have in her defense arsenal regardless of age or skill level.”
Carlos hopes to break the “complaint, non-assertive and non-confrontational,” norms that society sets for women, she said. The class is comprised of learning hands-on and off techniques to escape from a male aggressor.
Some of the hands-off techniques include but are not limited to addressing risk awareness, risk avoidance and risk reduction. The hands-on techniques teaches how to block, punch, kick, and escape wrist grabs, strangulation, choke holds, bear hugs and ground defense.
“When I heard the word defense especially in a danger-filled world we’re living in, I believe that as ladies we have the natural born right to use protection and find any means necessary to defend our own lives,” said Julianna Faustin, 20, of Lake Grove, said after completing the program. “I took it because I knew I could benefit from it and I did in more than one way, thank God!”
Carlos wants to ensure that women on campus can become more assertive and confident in their options for self-defense.
The next set of classes are scheduled to take place on June 5, 12, and 1, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Anyone interested can contact Carlos at Carlosj@sunysuffolk.edu.