Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)

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R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is a self-defense course being offered each fall by staff in the Office of Public Safety for all women. The 11-hour course is designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to protect yourself. Participants are taught blocks and strikes, in addition to addressing risks to personal safety. 

  • Course is offered at no charge but will be limited to a maximum  of 14 female participants.
  • Course Dates: TBD
  • Course Time: TBD
  • Location: Heilman 107


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Please contact public safety with any questions or if you require assistance signing up for the course.


R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Class Breakdown

Session 1     

Utilizing the R.A.D. student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense. We also discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.


Session 2    

Participating students will begin the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by R.A.D. Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition.


Session 3     

Participating students will continue the process of hands on training. Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.


Session 4     

Participating students will continue to refine the skills previously learned with "practice, practice and practice." Students will then participate in "simulated assault" scenarios with R.A.D. instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.