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Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program

Enroll now in the landmark self-defense program that is taught at colleges and universities in over 40 states and Canada. The Rape Aggression Defense System is comprised of easy to learn proven effective physical tactics that may enable you to survive the violent encounter that awaits 1 in 3 women. This dynamic, hands-on program was designed for the average woman, beginning with awareness, risk reduction, avoidance and overall prevention. Then, basic techniques are taught in an enjoyable format by certified instructors. At the end of the basic program, women are encouraged to use their new techniques in a practical, controlled simulation exercise. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your options of resistance if assaulted.

UTPD is certified to teach all four programs and has offered Basic Physical Defense to members of the university community since 1992. Currently UTPD has multiple RAD certificated staff.

RAD Programs Available at UT

  • Basic Self Defense
  • S.A.F.E.

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What is R.A.D.?

Rape Aggression Defense Systems is NOT a martial arts program. R.A.D. is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women only course, that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance; followed by hands on instruction in defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault. It utilizes easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics. R.A.D. is taught at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally.

What does R.A.D. Provide?

  • Reliable, professional training by nationally certified instructors
  • Practical self-defense options that specifically apply to gender physiology and mind set
  • A continuum of strategies to counteract assaults by strangers and acquaintances
  • Integrity and compassion for participants
  • Comprehensive R.A.D. System’s Manual
  • A lifetime return guarantee

Where is the class located?

Classes are scheduled at the police station 1101 Cumberland Avenue.  You may park using the unmarked parking spaces on the second level of the G-13 Garage (where the police cruisers are parked).

Do I need any prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?

No.  This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training. Our instructors will make every effort to accommodate for any physical impairments a participant may have.

What is the cost?

We offer this class for free.

Do I have to be a student?

You do NOT need to be a student, faculty, or staff to enroll.

How old do I have to be to sign up for the course?

Participants under the age of 18 will need to complete a Parental Consent Form. The form will be emailed to anyone who is under the age of 18, and we recommend to take the class with your guardian if possible.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be at a minimum, in middle school or 11 years of age to participate.

What is the attendance policy?

The class offered meets for 3 days using 4 hours each day. Please make sure you are committed to attending all of the days before you register as we have limited spaces available and each day’s attendance is required.

What should I wear for class?

Please remember that this is an interactive self-defense course. Students may wear loose fitting clothing, workout clothing, or street clothes. Please do NOT wear open-toed shoes, sandals, or heels. Athletic shoes are recommended. Also, no jewelry of any kind should be worn during the class as it can damage our equipment.

For more information

Contact the R.A.D. instructors via email at

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