Ocean City announcements, edition of Feb. 27, 2013

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Strulson receives degree from Elizabethtown College

Julie Strulson of Ocean City graduated from Elizabethtown College in January 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology/allied health.

Elizabethtown College, located in Lancaster County, Pa., is a private coed institution offering more than four dozen liberal arts, fine and performing arts, science and engineering, business, communications and education degrees. See www.etown.edu for more information.

Lopez teaches self-defense at TCNJ

In a country where a sexual assault occurs every two minutes, Jim Lopez is helping to make students at The College of New Jersey safer. The Ocean City local and TCNJ campus police officer recently began teaching the Rape Aggression Defense program at TCNJ, a system first introduced to the college in 2009 and now present on over 450 college campuses. Students peering through TCNJ’s fitness center window will see girls decked in padded headgear and gloves, sparring attackers in heavily padded suits, as they participate in the 12-hour course spread between four classes led by Lopez. Lopez’s involvement in RAD began in October this year, after attending an instructor course. He’s been dedicated to the program ever since, offering the free course at least once a semester to sororities, sports teams, and any students desiring to learn self-defense.

“What amazed and motivated me was the alarming statistics of assaults on women in our country and how these statistics haven’t changed much in decades,” he said. “Personally speaking, I have women of all generations in my family, and these statistics worry me!” Lopez reports numbers from the FBI suggesting one in three women will be assaulted in their lifetime, and in the United States a rape occurs every seven minutes. His program looks to “change these statistics,” preventing future assaults and their aftermaths, which, according to the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network , include a significant increase in risk of depression, drug abuse, and contemplation of suicide.

Officer Jim Lopez explains the R.A.D. Program at The College of New Jersey


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