Students still attend RAD classes despite decrease in crime alerts

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    Attendance for the university police department’s Rape Aggression Defense class might be affected by the decrease in crime alerts sent via email, Pam Christian, the university crime prevention specialist, said.

    Seven women attended Thursday’s class in the basement of the University Recreation Center, Christian said. The cutoff for the class is 15 people, according to the TCU police department.

    There are women whose decisions to enroll in RAD classes are affected by sexual assault crime alerts sent through email, Christian said.

    “Sometimes you have students who only respond and try to take training if they’re scared. When there are alerts on campus that startle them, that’s when we have students calling and asking when they can come to the next RAD class,” she said.

    Christian also said there are women who want to participate in RAD classes because of their general awareness of rape.

    “There are students who are educated and realize that [rape] could happen to anybody at any time," Christian said. "Those are the ones that are going to continue to sign up as [the class] is available to them.”

    Sisters and TCU students Marcy and Sara Gleaves said they have always wanted to take the class.

    “I actually wrote it on my list of things to do for the summer,” Marcy Gleaves, a first-year interior design major, said.

    Sara Gleaves, a senior entrepreneurial management major, said the fact that her sister wanted to attend the class gave her incentive to go, as well.

    “[Marcy] wanted me to do it with her. That’s why I did it this time, but I’ve always wanted to come and do it. I think it’s good to know how to handle yourself walking across campus,” she said.

    Although enrollment for April’s RAD class is closed, Christian said the police department usually holds the classes two times per semester with notification via email.

    To learn more about RAD classes, contact the university's police department or visit the RAD website.