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Students learn "How" and "When" to fight back

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – No, it's a word that was taught Friday evening and throughout Saturday to prepare women for anything.

They gather at the Westside Middle School Gym to learn Basic Physical Defense techniques.

The classes were lead by Corporal Tracy Simpson with the Arkansas State University Police.

When being taught about how to escape abusive situations these women also were taught different kind of laws so they know when is it okay to physically harm an aggressor.

Tracy Simpson says she was shocked when she got asked to teach somewhere outside of the ASU campus.

"We had a parent that had taken our class in the past, and brought her young daughter with her and had taken it and felt this is something area schools should know about, not just college students", says Corporal Simpson.

Shelly Simmons was one of the students of the classes offered by the RAD program and she says she shouldn't be one of the only ones in the community who is prepared.

"I think every woman should know how to defend themselves in case of being attacked. This day in time it's possible", says Simmons.

This class is for women and girls only because they feel that men shouldn't know how they are being trained for the scenarios, if they did it would make the classes useless and the students would not have an advantage at all.

The classes are usually held for college students at ASU but if the demand increases, Traci says they will be happy to teach in neighboring schools.

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