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RCC To Offer Women's Self-Defense Course

RCC To Offer Women's Self-Defense Course

Women's Self Defense Flyer

Multiple-session course runs February 19-March 19, open to the public

Thursday, February 14, 2019

RAMAPO, NY – Women whose safety is endangered should know how to protect themselves if such a situation arises. Rockland Community College offers a women's self-defense course to help women take control when confronted with immediate physical threats.

The 12-hour Basic course is offered in four sessions, beginning on February 19 and concluding on March 12. The 3-hour Advanced course, a stand-alone program, takes place on March 19. Training includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance and hands-on self-defense. Courses are taught by certified R.A.D. (Rape, Aggression, Defense) instructors. The program is free for students who are currently registered at RCC, and $20 for the general public.

“The purpose is to provide women with the opportunity to learn self-defense or brush up on techniques, or to complement what they have learned if they have taken any kind of self-defense program,” said Officer Avigail Serwatien of RCC's Public Safety office, who serves as a course instructor along with Sgt. Carl Jenkins of Public Safety. “Women should always have the right and the ability to know how to protect themselves, without the reliance on others.”

Classes are held in the RCC Fieldhouse, Room 5211. The class schedule is as follows:

Basic Class: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, February 26
Tuesday, March 5
Tuesday, March 12

Advanced Class: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, March 19

Attendance at all sessions is required. Participants must have completed all the basic classes to be eligible to attend the advanced class. Female-identified participants are welcome. The course is beginning its fifth year and is held up to six times per year.

Download Women's Self Defense Registration Form (PDF)

For more information, contact the R.A.D. Instructors:

Officer Serwatien,;
Sgt. Jenkins,


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Susan Lyddon, VP of Institutional Advancement
845-574-4595 or 347-840-1247