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

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

"To develop and enhance the options of self-defense so that they may become more viable considerations to the woman who is attacked."


The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a comprehensive self-defense system for women. The program includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, as well as several maneuvers available to women during a confrontation or attack.

  • Certified instructors from the law enforcement community teach RAD.
  • The course focuses on self-defense
  • The course is a total of 12 hours in length, taught in three or four sessions.
  • Each session is comprised of a combination of lecture/discussion and physical skills.
  • The course culminates in a "realistic simulation," which gives students the opportunity to test their abilities on a real person during a simulated attack.

Rather than making women more fearful, self-defense makes them more confident and less likely to use force because they begin to look and act less like victims. The RAD System gives women the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance and makes self-defense an effective option by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

For More Information

There is currently no RAD coordinator at Penn State Mont Alto. If you are interested in the program please stop by Police Services and we will try to assist you in finding a class. 

The R.A.D. Systems website also provides additional information about the R.A.D. programs in general.