One woman mimed breaking my fingers. Another wrapped her arm around my neck. The only injuries I sustained during the Mountain View Police Department’s free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course Feb. 3, however, were self-inflicted: a knee bruised while righting myself after a practice tussle and a sore ankle I earned by kicking a punching bag like a soccer ball.
“It was tiring, but I’m glad I did it – I am,” I told my instructors when the daylong session concluded. “I can’t wait until my husband gets back. I’m going to show him my moves.”