Rape Aggression Defense Systems

Radically Changing Defense for Women


The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.

The Ohio University Police Department offers the RAD class to all women of the Ohio University community. RAD is not a martial arts program. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

The classes are taught by Ohio University police officers who are certified RAD instructors, and participants receive a workbook/reference manual. The manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth.

The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at dozens of colleges and universities around the US and Canada. The growing widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assaults by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance and their ability to use it.

If you have questions about the RAD program or would like to sign up for classes, please contact the Ohio University Police Department at 740-593-1911.