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I’ve heard from teachers and psychologists that when someone tries to attack a child or commit rape against a woman, they’re not actually attempting it for the physical gratification. They’re trying to gain control over another human being. That’s it, pure and simple.

I believe that radKIDS puts that control back in the hands of the kids who would be victims.

There have been videos of people being hurt or of crashes happening where someone may have lost there life. I’ve seen many of these videos in my life, even though I don’t like them, but no video gave me more chills than the one of Carlie Bruscia of Sarasota, Florida being abducted. A man named Joseph Smith was seen walking up to the girl, simply grabbing her arm and taking her away. Her body was found later after she was raped and choked to death.

She didn’t fight him. He took control from the very beginning.

I’m not saying she would have survived if she was trained in radKIDS, but one can’t help but wonder if this training would have kept her alive.

The regional coordinators of this program were nice enough to show me a demonstration of some of the techniques used in these emergencies. Their 11 year old daughter pretended to be the victim, while I pretended to be the bad guy. That girl, who I towered over by almost two feet, could have easily broken my nose or broken my foot had I actually tried anything real.

This training truly can help kids who may feel they have no control over an attacker, as would any self defense program. I look forward to hearing more stories about how a little child fought off someone trying to hurt them, and how those would be attackers were caught.


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