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R.A.D. — Rape Aggression Defense Program

A Personal Empowerment & Safety Education Course

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“The Rape Aggression Defense System 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, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.

Our Instructional Objective: is to develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become considerations to the woman who is attacked”

(R.A.D. Systems,

The Program at SDSU

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. It is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault using easy, effective and proven self-defense / martial arts tactics.

R.A.D. Program classes are being taught by certified instructors at many colleges and universities. Students learn techniques and methods of self-defense in a supporting environment. Through practice and role play, you’ll develop the confidence and behavior strategies, giving you a more active role in your personal safety. All female students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to sign up for this proactive training.


Typical Questions asked about the R.A.D. Class

Q1: How long is the R.A.D. class?

A: The typical R.A.D. class is 12 hours long. This is broken up into three four-hour segments.

Q2: How many people are in each class?

A: While there is no set amount of students for each class, we do limit class size to ensure that each participant feels comfortable and is able to receive proper instruction.

Q3: What time is the class?

A: Class times will be varied due to demand and actual participation. An example of the offered class times might be 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Q4: Do I have to go to all classes?

A: Participation in all class segments is necessary to "complete" the class and receive your pass to any future R.A.D. classes held throughout the United States, free of charge.

Q5: Do I really get to hit someone in a suit?

A: Yes. You will get the chance to practice what is taught to you in previous classes, on one of the instructors who will be dressed up in a well-padded protective suit. This is called simulation training and is a valuable part of the class as it gives the student a chance to see how their newly learned skills work in real life situations. This part of the class is optional, but is encouraged.

Q6: Do I need to be an athlete to participate?

A: Not at all. The class is designed so that the average person can take it. We instruct people to go at their own pace and we never ask you to do something you can't do or do not want to do.

Q7: When can I sign up for this class?

A: Watch for information about class offerings posted on bulletin boards located throughout the campus, on the University Police website, or the R.A.D. Line at (619) 594-1987.




Classes Offered at SDSU

Basic Course

University Police is sponsoring the R.A.D. Systems Basic Course at SDSU.

  • Course hours: 14 hours of instruction including Dynamic Simulation.
  • Dates: May 24th, 25th, and 26th.
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Text: “R.A.D. Program Manual” (required). Textbook available for $14.99 + tax at the Aztec Shops Bookstore. Inquire at the Customer Service Desk, second level. Bring your book to class.
  • Location: Gateway Center, Room 1504, adjacent to Extended Studies.
  • Fee: $11.00 (FREE for SDSU students)
  • Registration: by reservation; contact Amanda Howard at ext. 4-5892 (619-594-5892) to reserve your space in class.

We go through the dinner hour, so please bring a snack. Wear comfortable clothing and aerobic/running shoes. Sandals and bare feet are not permitted.



Contact information

R.A.D. Program
Public Safety / Police Department
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4390
Phone: 619-594-1990
Contact: Mike Duncan



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