Grand Valley State University Women's Center

RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Program

For registration and specific details about this year's seminars, please visit our Events Calendar.

What is RAD?
The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a physical defense program of realistic tactics and techniques for women. The RAD 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.

RAD is not a martial arts program. The physical techniques taught are based on most frequent attack scenarios and the utilization of gross muscle movement. The physical techniques are presented as options rather than specific responses to specific attacks. Not all techniques will work in all situations and RAD strives to provide a woman with multiple options to choose from should she be attacked.

How is the program formatted?
Students may enroll in a 1-credit hour RAD class offered Fall/Winter Semesters through regular class enrollment.

The Women's Center offers a RAD self defense training seminar.  This three hour introductory seminar covers the basics of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) model. It is designed to empower women through self-awareness and discussions about basic fundamentals of prevention and self-defense. Participants will also be exposed to basic information about crimes that take place on campus, and crime prevention methods, techniques. The emphasis of this seminar is on the crime of sexual assault. 

Why does GVSU use the RAD Program?
- RAD is the largest network of its kind with over 7000 Instructors receiving training to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally.

- RAD is the only self defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

- RAD has trained more than 300,000 women since the program began in 1989.

- RAD Systems balances the needs of women to acquire self defense education in a relatively short period of time, with the life long commitment required for physical skill mastery by providing short term training opportunities in a progressive building block format.

How do I register for RAD Self Defense training seminar?
The RAD training seminar is offered both fall and winter semesters. For registration and specific details about this year's seminars, please visit our Events Calendar. Feel free to contact the Women’s Center at 616.331.2748 or e-mail us at womenctr@gvsu.edu with any questions.

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