Rape Aggression Defense Systems of Self-Defense


The R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense, taught by certified R.A.D. instructors, teaches women about rape awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance while they build basic hands-on defense skills. Training provides women with self-defense options so that they can make an educated decision about resistance in case of an attack. A spontaneous violent attack stimulates a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim. Our goal is to teach you that physical defense is not only prudent but necessary, if resistance is to be effective. Read more in our RAD brochure.

Walk-Ins Welcome: No Registration Required

UMPD invites female students, faculty, and staff to participate in the R.A.D. course. The course is free. (Classes are funded in part by an annual donation from the UMass Student Government Association.)

No pre-registration is required. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and limited to 30 students.

Dates and Location

Classes start Friday 2/21/14 and run every Friday (except spring break week) until 4/25/14 from 3pm to 4:30pm at the UMass Campus Recreation Center room 215.

Program Requirements

Participants must commit to the full 14 hours of class time, which consists of four classes, three and a half hours each.

What to Expect at Training

On the first night of the R.A.D. course, you receive an overview and discuss risk reduction and prevention. On the subsequent two nights, you learn and practice physical defense moves. The final session is a simulation of an attack. This is the class where everything the student learns comes together.

Participating in the simulation is strictly voluntary, but students must be present to observe. They may still complete the class if they choose not to volunteer in the simulated attack. However, the vast majority of women who perform the simulation leave feeling empowered and confident in their abilities.

Lifetime R.A.D. Training

Once you graduate from the RAD course, you become a lifetime member. You may attend a R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense class anywhere it's offered in the U.S. and Canada for free provided there's room. You may attend the entire course or just a simulation to brush up on your techniques.

About the Instructors

UMPD R.A.D. instructors are certified to teach Advanced, Flashlight/Keychain, and Aerosol techniques as well as the R.A.D. for Kids Program.

Request R.A.D. for your Group

Interested in a R.A.D. training for your group? Let us know. We've arranged trainings for various women's groups on campus including women’s athletic teams. Similar courses are available for men upon request. Contact us or use our Training Request Form.



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