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HCC Running Rape Aggression Defense Classes for Women Starting Oct. 15

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College is offering Rape Aggression Defense training for women beginning Oct. 15.

The five-class series runs on Monday nights from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. until Nov. 12 at HCC’s Bartley Center for Athletics and Recreation. Kellie Cournoyer, a veteran campus police officer with more than 20 years of law-enforcement experience, will teach the course. 

The Rape Aggression Defense program, also known as RAD, teaches basic self-defense techniques to women of all ages who may find themselves in unsafe situations. The program veers from most self-defense systems to emphasize avoidance strategies more than physical contact. 

Participants will learn easy and effective self-defense and martial-arts techniques as well as additional training, including the use of aerosols. The $25 course fee includes a free lifetime return and practice policy.

For more information or to register, visit hcc.edu/bce or call HCC Community Services at (413) 552-2324.

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