"I've always wanted to be a badass, and RAD was the first step. Never did I think I would get to knock a full-grown man out or get out of three different chokes. We all just signed up for kickboxing because the program is literally like a gateway to self defense. 32/10 would recommend."  - Judy Kim, undergraduate student

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) is a nationally-known self defense program. RAD's program objective is to develop and enhance the options of self defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. The program consists of lecture, discussion, instruction and hands-on simulation. This dynamic program has the ability to empower ANY woman by providing her with the skills necessary to avoid, resist and defend against an attack if she so chooses.

National resistance statistics show that women do fight back instinctively during an attack. RAD strives to cultivate that internal, self-preservation instinct so that women are knowledgeable of both risk-reduction and avoidance strategies, as well as hands-on resistance strategies. This program also educates women that survival comes in many forms, and that compliance is also an option.

The course is 12 hours, and is offered with four three-hour classes (nights). The last three hours of the course entails an evening simulation exercise, where you actually employ the techniques and skills you have learned against trained simulators, in a controlled environment. The course is suitable for women of all physical abilities, and you will be encouraged to go at your own pace.  Condensed 9-hour courses are offered also.

RAD for Women Certified Instructors:

Michelle Nuey, Manager of Community Relations
Campus Police Officer Patricia Fortier "Officer Pat"
Campus Police Officer James Massey
Campus Police Officer Kelly Mitchell
Campus Police Officer Ann Cunningham
Campus Police Officer Cesar Alarcon
Campus Police Officer Pao Yang
Executive Assistant, Kate Felder

“I must say RAD way exceeded my expectation. It’s not the moves that stuck with me the most, it’s the mentality that was taught. We were reminded again and again to take charge of the situation, believe in our strength and let nobody judge us for taking ourselves seriously. It is not something that is talked about a lot, but definitely important to know and take to the heart. RAD is a very empowering and inspiring experience.” – Loretta Tsang, exchange student

RAD for Men

The RAD for Men program offers participants an opportunity to raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. The program is designed to empower participants to make safer choices when confronted with aggressive behavior.

RAD for Men Certified Instructor:

Campus Police Officer Antonio "Tony" Bento