Fairfield, Hamilton to host rape defense course

The cities of Fairfield and Hamilton police departments will co-teach a Rape Aggression Defense class at the Fairfield Community Arts Center next month. Pictured then-high school senior Jessica Wall and West Chester Police Officer Phil Chaney during a self-defense class held in May 2014 at Lakota East High School. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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The cities of Fairfield and Hamilton police departments will co-teach a Rape Aggression Defense class at the Fairfield Community Arts Center next month. Pictured then-high school senior Jessica Wall and West Chester Police Officer Phil Chaney during a self-defense class held in May 2014 at Lakota East High School. STAFF FILE PHOTO

The city of Fairfield will have a series of free Rape Aggression Defense classes beginning next month.

On March 2, 9 and 16, Fairfield Police Officer Doug Day and Hamilton Police Officer Kristy Collins will lead the classes for participants to develop and enhance the option of self-defense.

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“It’s really for self-awareness for females,” said Collins on the class. “We all get laxed from time-to-time but this will give them some strategies in order to defend themselves.”

And Day said the class is “really about giving women options.”

Day, who trains the Fairfield police officers in fighting techniques, said it’s not going to be limited to residents in Hamilton or Fairfield.

“It’s free to anyone regardless of where they live,” he said.

Collins said this is similar to the class the Hamilton Police Department offers, but more involved. The Hamilton class is a one-time, two-hour training where this is three hours over three weeks.

“It’s a good class,” she said. “And they participate to the level they feel comfortable.”

The class was offered in January, but was canceled due to a lack of registration. Day said it could have been due to the fact it was just after the holidays and was offered with a fee.

The free Rape Aggression Defense course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Road.

To sign up or for questions, call 513-867-5348.

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