Chimera Self-Defense is a branch of RCC's community education programming that is designed and taught by women. In addition to raising awareness and presenting accurate information about sexual assault, Chimera teaches effective responses to violence, both verbal and physical, with the goal of avoiding or stopping an attack.
Full Chimera Courses
Tuesdays, March 28-May 2, 6:00-8:00pm (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
Wednesdays, June 14-July 19, 6:00-8:00pm (6 sessions)
Sat. & Sun., August 5-6, 10:00am-4:30pm (2 sessions)
Thursdays, September 21-October 26, 6:00-8:00pm (6 sessions)
Sundays, November 5 & 12, 10:00am-4:30pm (2 sessions)
Chimera Active Bystander Training, April 30, 1:00-4:00pm. Learn how to use Chimera to step in when you see harassment or discrimination. OPEN TO ALL GENDERS. Suggested donation $25
Chimera Refresher, August 20, 1:00-4:00pm. Can't quite remember your Chimera? Sign up for this complete review! MUST have taken full 12-hour Chimera first. $30/$20 students
Chimera for Trans Women, August 29, 6:00-9:00pm. Designed for trans women, this workshop includes de-escalation and hate crime discussion. Trans women are welcome at all Chimera classes, but no previous Chimera is necessary before taking this supplemental workshop. FREE (suggested donation $15)
Register for Chimera Pre-registration is required. We must receive your registration form and payment no later than one week before the first class date to guarantee your spot in the class.
Basic Chimera is $120 per person or $75 for students.
Printable registration form available here. Call the Rape Crisis Center at 251-5126 for more information.
Need-based scholarships are available! First, fill out a registration form above and select the payment option that says, "I cannot pay at this time." Then click here to fill out a short application. Chimera staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Location Classes (unless otherwise noted) will be held at McConnell Hall, Classroom 9 (located across the street from the Meriter Hospital Main Entrance on 1010 Mound Street). Enter on South Brooks Street (between Mound St & Milton St) in the door that says McConnell Hall Classroom Entrance. Take a left once inside and follow signs to Classroom 9.
Street parking in the area should be available. Parking in the Meriter ramp is also available for a fee.
Chimera Refund Policy Registrants may transfer their enrollment to a different course as long as they notify RCC at least 48 hours in advance of the first session, but are not eligible for a refund except in cases where RCC cancels the course, as follows:
Low enrollment: If enrollment is very low, RCC will cancel the entire course, and registrants will be eligible for a full refund minus applicable credit card or PayPal processing fees.
Instructor illness: If the instructor is too sick to hold class and a substitute is not available, she will cancel the entire class, and registrants will have the option of either transferring their enrollment to a different class session or asking for a full refund minus applicable credit card or PayPal processing fees.
In other cases (including absences disclosed less than 48 hours before the first session), registrants will not be eligible to receive a refund.
In cases of inclement weather RCC will reschedule the session in question. No refunds will be issued.