Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Milton police now offering rape defense class.

Lt. Shawn Johnson instructs how to adopt a defensive stance at a recent introductory class at Anytime Fitness in Alpharetta.

Courtesy City of Milton Police

The Milton Police Department is now offering a rape and aggression defense class for women and girls ages 13 and up, announced Community Outreach Officer Ara Baronian. The 12- to 14-hour class is taught over multiple days by request only.

The classes, which will be held at various locations based on size, may be scheduled by contacting Baronian at or 678-242-2570. They are taught by Baronian and Lt. Shawn Johnson, graduates of the R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) System.

Baronian said students can expect discussions on existing dangers and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. The class is designed to give practical responses to women during various levels of confrontation, from passive verbal comments to severe aggressive acts.

The Milton Police Department will provide the necessary safety equipment for all classes.

"As a father and police officer, I know too well the dangers that exist for women of all ages," said Baronian. "But with the proper tools, you can give yourself and your children the best chance of protection.
"I'm proud to be a part of this important effort, and look forward to helping spread this empowering knowledge."
For more information on R.A.D., visit

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