About R.A.D.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. This comprehensive course for women begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by a certified R.A.D. instructor and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth.

The R.A.D. System of physical defense is currently taught at many colleges and universities. The widespread acceptance of this system is due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of its tactics; solid research; legal defer-ability; and unique teaching methodology. The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics.

Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about “Flight or Fight Syndrome,” while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent but also a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective. Safety and survival in today’s world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

R.A.D. at Lafayette College

For more information or to register for the program, contact one of our certified R.A.D. instructors, Officer Tony Gallagher at gallagha@lafayette.edu or Officer Cathy Snyder at snyderca@lafayette.edu.