‘Sea Dragons’ learn RAD skills to combat sexual assault

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Pfc. Kia Mullins (left), intelligence analyst, 94th AAMDC, uses defense techniques learned in Rape Aggression Defense training to fight off a simulated potential sexual assault,  July 25.

Pfc. Kia Mullins (left), intelligence analyst, 94th AAMDC, uses defense techniques learned in Rape Aggression Defense training to fight off a simulated potential sexual assault, July 25.

Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

Female Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), the “Sea Dragons Sisters in Arms” program, participated in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training conducted, July 24-25.

RAD taught female Soldiers of the unit some techniques on how to defend themselves against potential sexual assaults and other types of aggression. It is a basic physical defense program that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women.

The purpose of the class is to help women become empowered by developing and enhancing the options of self-defense so that they may become viable options to the woman who is being attacked.

RAD is endorsed by campus law enforcement groups and other self-defense organizations.

“The instruction objective of this course is to develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked,” said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lugo, certified RAD instructor, 25th Infantry Division.

“I feel the training that was conducted was very informative,” said Spc. Taraneh Lipscomb, human resource specialist. “I learned a lot of new things that I will implement in my everyday life.”

RAD is the largest network of its kind with more than 11,000 instructors to date receiving training. These instructors teach at various colleges and municipal law enforcement agencies, as well as various other community organizations internationally.

RAD has trained more than 900,000 women since the program began in 1989.

“It was a great opportunity for the female Soldiers in the unit to feel strong and empowered,” said Staff Sgt. Denise Miles, human resource sergeant. “There is no better feeling as a female to know that you can prevent yourself from becoming a potential victim of sexual assault.”

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Spc. Niesha Haywood (right), human resource sergeant, 94th Army Air and Missle Defense Command, uses defense techniques learned in Rape Aggression Defense training to fight off a simulated potential sexual assault, here, July 25. (Photo by Sgt. Louis Lamar, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Spc. Niesha Haywood, human resource sergeant, 94th Army Air and Missle Defense Command, uses defense techniques learned in Rape Aggression Defense training to fight off a simulated potential sexual assault, here, July 25. (Photo by Sgt. Louis Lamar, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

“I’ve been a RAD instructor since 2008 and have had Soldiers that attended the training come to me and tell me how the training given prepared them to defend themselves against attackers,” said Lugo.

Lipscomb also added, “I feel very confident that if I was attacked that I would be able to defend myself and get out of the situation.”

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