University statement in re: crime prevention tips

February 19, 2013

Statement by Tom Hutton, University Spokesperson

In re:  Media reports of rape prevention

The recent circulation of a web page containing information about rape prevention at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs was taken out of context on popular social media sites.

No policy was changed by the university and no advisories were sent to students.

This page is not related to the gun control discussions now taking place in the Colorado General Assembly.

The page in question was created in 2006 as supplemental material for women who had completed an internationally recognized Rape Aggression Defense course offered free of charge to UCCS students.

The 10 tips are considered last resort options when all other defense methods have been exhausted.

This site was intended as a reminder for graduates of the RAD program, an intensive self-defense program, and part of a larger discussion of last-resort tactics.

As a response to recent interest in the page, the Department of Public Safety will update it to provide additional context and information about crime prevention and the opportunity to enroll in the RAD class.