Free Rape Aggression Defense Program – Saturdays, Feb. 28, Mar. 14, & Mar. 21

The Newton Police Department is offering a free three-class self-defense course, which will run on Saturdays, February 28, March 14, and March 21, in the Newton South small gym, and is open to students age 15 and older (15-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). The classes will run from 9AM–1PM for girls and 1:30–5:30PM for boys. Mothers are also invited to register in the girls program. The course is suitable for high school students of all grades and physical abilities. Senior class students will be given priority for both courses. Students must attend all three sessions to complete the program. The women’s program will feature the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) component.

There is no charge for either of these programs. Please sign up with Sergeant Spalding, NPD, by completing this online registration form. If you have any questions, please e-mail or Sergeant Spalding.

The techniques taught in the Newton RAD class have had notable success in the past; Newton South graduate Lily Konowitz attributes the skills she learned in the Newton RAD class to saving her life when she was attacked in Aruba a few years ago. Since that incident, Konowitz has started her own foundation that works to raise money to purchase equipment for self-defense and rape prevention courses like the Newton RAD class. For more information on the RAD course, contact