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San Angelo Community Health Center offers a self-defense class, RAD Kidz, for our children to learn how to defend themselves in a dangerous situation. Now, a new self-defense class is being offered in San Angelo for women and their daughters.
By: Connie Gonzalez

San Angelo Community Health Center offers a self-defense class, RAD Kidz, for our children to learn how to defend themselves in a dangerous situation.

Now, a new self-defense class is being offered in San Angelo for women and their daughters.

Safe Kidz coordinator, Catie Wiedenhofer, said, "One in six [women] are raped, one in five [women] sexually assaulted."

Women tend to be an easier target, and against men the odds aren't in their favor.

RAD or Rape Aggression Defensively is the leader in womens self-defense focusing to empower mothers and daughters over the age of 13.


"If we scream [screams] somebody might think that the girls are playing around that they're just joking, that they're not in trouble. So, when we are in trouble we want to say 'HELP! HELP! NO!' because if we're saying that loud and firmly, then someone is going to notice and say that doesn't sound like they're playing."

If the need arises, women and children need to know how to defend themselves. This nine-hour comprehensive course meets over a period of time to accomplish much more than just inform.

The vulnerable locations are the eyes, nose, throat and the groin area. Although knowledge is important, being able to exert the skills learned in the heat of the moment is the important part.

"Teaching them the Do's and Dont's does not work. We've got to show, demonstrate and show them and empower them with those skills."

Wiedenhofer says a women lives in fear at least once everyday.

"We empower women to walk around with confidence, because they know what they can do. They can have the skills to protect themselves or to protect their children when they're walking outside the mall."

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