From Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Dec. 23, 2016: The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will host a free women’s basic self-defense course called the Rape Aggression Defense program Jan. 9-11 at the MSO’s training academy in Chelmsford in collaboration with the Billerica, Concord and Tewksbury police departments. The classes, which will run from 6 to 9 each night, are open to women age 16 and older who live or work in Middlesex County.

The program includes a combination of classroom instruction and dynamic hands-on training, in which participants learn self-defense techniques and tactics.

“Rape and sexual assault are violent crimes that disproportionately impact females,” Koutoujian said. “These classes are designed to teach women basic self-defense techniques, while at the same time building their confidence should they find themselves in a dangerous situation. We are proud to collaborate with our local law enforcement partners to offer this critically important program.”

Women interested in participating should contact the MSO Office of Community Affairs at (978) 495-7410.