FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 1, 2005
MUW police officers certified to teach radKIDS
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Sherry and Sara Beth Honsinger of
Mississippi University for Women’s Police Department
have been certified to teach radKIDS (Resist
Aggression Defensively for Kids), making them the
only active instructors for this program in the
According to the radKIDS website,
www.radkids.org, the program “is providing
children with hope, options and practical skills to
recognize, avoid and, if necessary, escape violence
Since its inception in 1998, more than 50,000
children between the ages of 5 and 12 have
participated in the 10-hour program with their adult
“Sara Beth and I love children and enjoy working
with them,” Sherry said. “As much as we like
teaching RAD it seemed only natural to combine the
two. We really had no idea what we were getting
into. Each day of training sold us more and more on
this program, and we could see how vital it is to
give children these skills.”
The mother/daughter duo presented a program last
month to the Franklin Academy Parent Teacher
Association to introduce the program. They are
working with the Franklin PTA to have an after
school program after the first of the year.
They also received a request from a local church to
teach a RAD and a radKIDS class at the same time,
and Sherry spoke to a group in Booneville (Baptist
Wellness Center/Northeast CC) and there was interest
in the programs there.
“The place to teach radKIDS is in the schools,” said
Sherry, who is the secretary/traffic clerk for the
MUW Police Department. “We can reach the most
children in the shortest amount of time, and so much
of the material ties in lessons/unit that are
already being taught.”
Emphasizing essential decision-making skills and
physical resistance options, the curriculum topics
include home, school and vehicle safety; out and
about safety; realistic defense against abduction;
good-bad-uncomfortable touch; stranger tricks and
self-realization of personal power.
“Through radKIDS training, children become empowered
and learn to replace the fear, confusion and panic
of dangerous situations with confidence, personal
safety skills and self-esteem,” the website says.
The site claims 23 children have successfully used
the skills they learned from radKIDS when threatened
with abduction and hundreds have spoken up about
abusive situations and gotten help.
“By addressing the things in today's society that
harm our children and teaching them to protect
themselves, radKIDS helps build better people,
stronger families and safer communities,” Sherry
In addition to being trained for radKIDS, seven MUW
officers are certified to teach R.A.D. (Rape
Aggression Defense), a self defense education course
for women, two are trained to teach Advanced R.A.D.
and one officer is trained to teach R.A.D. for Men.
For more information, please contact the MUW Police
Department at (662) 241-7777.