DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) "I wanted to learn how to protect myself because there are a lot of bad people," says participant Allison Scott.
That’s why these women attended the Rape Aggression Defense training (also known as R.A.D) led by Dothan Police that teaches women 12 years and older self-defense tactics.
"We talk a lot about personal safety you can do at home around the house, when you’re out and about with your friends, college situations, and ways to avoid getting into a situation where you might have to defend yourself," says Sergeant Susie Peters of Dothan Police.
But in case those situations ever arise, they are taught physical techniques to help them escape.
"It can be things from chokehold escape, wrist grabs, abductions, ground offense," Peters adds.
Following verbal training, participants gear up in the R.A.D aggressor simulation training suit and put their newly learned skills to the test.
"I thought it would be pretty easy, but I was grabbed from behind and they picked me up and I had to kick and it’s fun, but in real life, it wouldn’t be," says Scott.
They leave the program more prepared for the unexpected.
"I feel like more confident in myself because if I would not have taken this class in a situation like this I would have probably like froze up, says participant Caydence Floris.
Trainers want the women to know that they don’t have to have any background training to succeed in the program but…
"They do have the ability to do something. If they are in a situation there is no shame in reporting it. There’s going to be someone with them every step of the way," Peter says.
The course is offered every other month.
R.A.D training is free of cost.