Rape Aggression Defense
RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD system is a comprehensive, women-only course of instruction that begins with awareness, prevention, risk, and risk avoidance. It then progresses to teaching hands-on self-defense training, but it is not a martial arts program.
The course is taught by nationally-certified RAD instructors, and provides each student with a workbook and manual. The manual outlines the entire physical defense program which facilities women students' personal growth, and further serves as an information source after completion of the course.
The University Police Department also permits women students, who have graduated from the RAD course, to attend RAD training sessions without charge at any time throughout their lives.
The RAD System's instructional objective is to develop and enhance the options ofself-defense, so such options become viable considerations to the womanwho might be attacked. RAD is a twelve-hour course, which is broken upinto four, three-hour sessions offered during evenings, or two, six-hour sessions offered during weekends. The students are dressed inspecial protective gear when they are attacked by an aggressor, who is also dressed in special protective gear. Students must fight their way to an exit or designated safe place upon being attacked.This dynamic simulation empowers the women participants by teachingthem the essentials of fighting back, and fighting back effectively!.
RAD is offered all over the United Sates and Canada. Once graduating from RAD, students can return and practice their self-defense skills at any location where RAD is offered. Therefore, the women participants acquire self-defense skills in a relatively short period of time, and, moreover, are offered the opportunity to relearn, master, and practice these skills throughout their lives.
At Florida State University, RAD has been offered since the fall of 1996. RAD classesare open to any woman student, faculty, staff, or local community member. Currently, RAD has been taught to over 1,500 women, and the classes get bigger each semester.
The Department's RAD System Program has been covered by all three local TVnews broadcasts, and has also been featured in FSView (campus newspaper), Tallahassee Magazine, and State (the FSU employee newsletter).