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EC Public Safety official to offer self-defense classes at Richmond community center

March 17, 2017

A new partnership between Earlham College and the Wayne County Women’s Resource Center will make self-defense classes available at a reduced cost.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System classes will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 21, 23, 28 and 30 at the Dwyer Community Center, 1417 N. A St., Richmond. Classes are $20 per person.

RAD is a comprehensive course and is one of the largest and fastest-growing self-defense programs for women.

“This is not a martial arts course,” Director of Public Safety and RAD instructor Tom Kearns says.  “These courses are based on realistic, self-defense tactics that, with no intent to victim blame, recognizes that only rapists are responsible for rape.”

The program begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Classes are taught by Earlham’s nationally certified RAD instructors.

“We at the Women's Resource Network and Dwyer Community Center are very pleased that we can offer this workshop with Tom Kearns,” says Patty Trace, the director of the Dwyer Community Center. “I hope that women of all ages within the community find this beneficial and use this as a platform to come together, not only to meet new people, but to learn valuable skills on self-defense.”

To register for this session of RAD, contact the Women’s Resource Center at (765) 488-2928 or visit

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Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and


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