RAD (Rape Assault Defense) course appreciated

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the Bedford Men’s Club; the Bedford Police Department and Sgt. Jessica Humphrey for recently sponsoring the RAD (Rape Assault Defense) course. RAD is a civilian, women-only course helping women learn how to fight back when faced with a sexual attack. Sexual assault is an uncomfortable topic to discuss. But the highly-trained instructors used their skills and compassion to help the group overcome any discomfort or hesitation. I would like to thank the highly-trained female instructors who used their knowledge, training and encouragement to push the class to its limitations. I would like to thank the male aggressors, who trained constantly only to take a beating because they believe in women’s safety. Because of everyone involved, the class found it’s voice and knows we can fight back.

Christine A. Kelly-Rose