The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a comprehensive self-defense system for women. The program includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, as well as options available to women during a confrontation or attack.
RAD is taught by certified instructors from the law enforcement community, and focuses on developing self-defense as one of the options available to women. The system includes carefully selected, realistically employable defense tactics which utilize a women's personal weapons (such as hands and feet). The tactics are easy to learn and easy to retain, and the extensive hands-on training in the classroom gives students the opportunity to develop confidence and proficiency in the techniques.
The course is a total of 12 hours in length, taught in three or four sessions. Each session is comprised of a combination of lecture/discussion and physical skills. The course culminates in a "realistic simulation," which gives students the opportunity to test their abilities on a real person during a simulated attack.
Rather than making women more fearful, self-defense makes them more confident and less likely to use force because they begin to look and act less like victims. The RAD System gives women the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance, and makes self-defense an effective option by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.
RAD is the only self-defense course endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of the tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology.
Students who complete a RAD course are encouraged to take advantage of the free lifetime "return and practice" policy. This policy allows students to return at any time to any RAD course offered in the United States and Canada and practice free of charge.
The RAD System objective:
"To develop and enhance the options of self-defense so that they may become more viable considerations to the woman who is attacked."
Who can enroll in RAD?
RAD is for women only. The contents of the course were developed based on the natural movements and abilities of women in order to maximize a woman's ability to defend herself.
Participants should be at least 14 years of age (although exceptions may be made on an individual basis by contacting an instructor prior to the course). Anyone under the age of 18 must have a signed parental consent form prior to the start of the course in order to participate.
Attendance is limited, and is on a first-come, first served basis. Penn State students, faculty and staff receive first consideration when registering for a RAD course offered by University Police.
When are RAD course offered?
RAD courses are offered numerous times throughout the year depending upon demand. Interested students, faculty, and staff should contact Officer Deborah Stitt at DAS23@psu.edu.