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Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training is a comprehensive, women-only course that teaches awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Taught at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the United States, RAD is the only program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Learn more about the national RAD program.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS RAD?
Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, was founded in 1989 by Larry Nadeau. RAD is taught at over 1,000 colleges & universities, as well as city, county, and parish police departments across the United States and Canada. It is the only program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
I’VE HEARD RAD HAS SEVERAL DIFFERENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE. WHAT CAN I TAKE AT JSR?
At this time, JSR Police teaches the Basic Physical Self-Defense for Women Program.
WHY CAN’T MEN TAKE RAD?
The Basic Self-Defense for Women program is a 12 hour course. The first three hours are classroom, which includes open discussions and lecture. The next six hours include physical techniques, which include stances, strikes, kicks, and pressure points, as well as techniques to break away from wrist grabs, bear hugs, and chokeholds. The final three hours of RAD includes (optional) Simulation.
WHAT IS “SIMULATION”?
A certified RAD “Aggressor” acts-out real life scenarios and participants are able to defend themselves using the techniques they have learned in class. Simulation is 100% voluntary, and participants can choose to go through all of the scenarios, some, or none at all. Even if participants are not going through Simulation, attendance at Simulation is still needed to cheer on your classmates. Simulation is a great way for participants to discover their own strength and power in a controlled environment.
HOW DO I TAKE A COURSE?
To take RAD at JSR, you need to register ahead of time. Register online now for a RAD course.
DO I HAVE TO BE IN SHAPE TO TAKE RAD?
RAD is designed for women of all skill levels and physical abilities. The techniques do not require women to have any special skills or abilities to be successful in the program.
WHY SHOULD I TAKE RAD?
WHO TEACHES RAD?
The Basic Self-Defense for Women RAD program is taught at JSR by JSR Police employees who have been certified through RAD Systems, INC. The instructor staff includes male and female instructors. A female instructor will be present at all JSR RAD classes; male instructors will not practice or demonstrate any RAD techniques with participants. All male instructors are sworn law-enforcement officers.
WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS OF RAD?
RAD at JSR accepts students as young as 17 years old. There is no age cap on students. Parental waivers MUST be completed by any women under the age of 18 who wishes to attend RAD at JSR.
HOW MUCH DOES RAD COST?
RAD at JSR is FREE for students, faculty, and staff.
HOW OFTEN IS RAD HELD?
RAD at JSR is held several times throughout the semester.
WHERE ARE SESSIONS HELD?
RAD at JSR is held on both campuses in varied locations. Specific locations will be made available to students upon registration.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR OR BRING?
Participants should wear aerobic style workout clothes and sneakers. Jeans are too restrictive. Running shoes are not suggested since they may not provide good side-support for your feet, but they are permitted. Wedding bands are permitted, but any other jewelry is not allowed. Participants will be provided a RAD manual at the first session, which they should bring with them to the remaining sessions.