Rape Aggression Defense

R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense

What is the R.A.D System?

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a workbook reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. The R.A.D. System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist, on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about the "Fight or Flight Syndrome", while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self defense and psychological well being.


Ten Reasons to Take R.A.D.

A Physical Defense System For Women That

  • Has established the standard for female self-defense programs. Offers no-nonsense, practical techniques of defense.
  • Researched the effect of "The Fight or Flight Syndrome".
  • Offers advanced self-defense courses that build upon the physical defense system.
  • Provides realistic and hands-on training.
  • Certifies instructors from the community.
  • Has a litigation defense policy.
  • Offers state-of-the-art programs at reasonable rates.
  • Every student receives a lifetime membership.
  • Provides students with a comprehensive reference manual.


Did you know...?

One out of every four college women polled was sexually assaulted during the four years at college. (Ms. Magazine Study on Sexual Assault)

Between 1973 and 1987, more than 2.3 million women reported sexual assaults in the United States. 71 percent of these victims avoided being raped by taking self-protective measures. (United States Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics)


Develop your options

In 1988, rape victims took self-protective measures in 86.7 percent of the cases. "Rape victims were more likely to defend themselves than assault or robbery victims." (Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1988)

The R.A.D. objective is to develop and enhance the options of self defense so that they become viable considerations to the women who are attacked.


Don't be victimized by fear

"In fact, the most often used strategy for avoider's (of rape) appears to have been a combination of screaming and use of physical resistance." (Bart, P. & O'Brien, P. (1985) Stopping Rape: Successful Survival Strategies. Pergamon Press, New York.).


Why women only?

While all rapists are not men, the vast majority of rapes are committed by men against women. If we allowed open access to our basic classes, the potential would exist for one of us to unknowingly convey our defensive philosophy to a rapist. While the potential for this occurrence may be rare, it is certainly a point worth making when asked to articulate justification for teaching women only.

Men are not included because this program is designed specifically for women and women only. The self defense options that are learned through this program were researched for women. If men were involved the techniques would change.

Women who enroll in our basic programs often do so because they feel vulnerable. Some of them are survivors of a previous assault or rape and come to us seeking information that may help them in avoiding the nightmare they have already survived.


The R.A.D. Systems

To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked".


How do I sign up?

For more information on current R.A.D. course dates and times, please contact Campus Police at x7111.


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In Case of Emergency

  (ext 7777 on campus)

Contact Information

Campus Police
College Hall, Room 102

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