Department of Public Safety

RAD Basic Self-Defense Programs

This dynamic program has the ability to empower ANY woman by providing her with the skills necessary to avoid, resist and defend against an attack if she so chooses.

The RAD program is not currently running due to COVID-19 policy. Please check back in the future for updates regarding this program. To see our most recent remote safety program offerings, please navigate to our events page.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) is a nationally-known self-defense program. RAD's program objective is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. The program consists of lecture, discussion, instruction, and hands-on simulation. This dynamic program has the ability to empower ANY woman by providing her with the skills necessary to avoid, resist and defend against an attack if she so chooses.

The course is 12 hours and is offered with four three-hour classes (nights). The course is suitable for women of all physical abilities, and you will be encouraged to go at your own pace.

What to expect

Introduction to RAD, paperwork, warm up, and physical instruction of self-defense moves by trained instructors. This class is mandatory to complete the RAD training.

Warm-up, review of self-defense moves from the previous session, and additional training of new moves. Detailed manuals distributed.

Warm-up, review of all moves. Preparation for simulation exercise.

A trained instructor in a padded suit is used in this exercise to practice all you have learned in three simulated scenarios. Additional instructors set up the scenarios, explain what is happening, and coach you through the process. The scenarios are filmed and played back to the group for review – then erased for privacy. Food and refreshments are provided during this session for the recap.

“ It’s not the moves that stuck with me the most, it’s the mentality that was taught. We were reminded again and again to take charge of the situation, believe in our strength and let nobody judge us for taking ourselves seriously. ”

Loretta Tsang exchange student

RAD for Women Certified Instructors

  • Patricia Fortier

    Campus Police Officer
  • Kelly Mitchell

    Sergeant
  • Pao Yang

    Officer

RAD for Men

The RAD for Men program offers participants an opportunity to raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. The program is designed to empower participants to make safer choices when confronted with aggressive behavior.

RAD for Men Certified Instructor

  • Antonio "Tony" Bento

    Campus Police Officer