R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense

Part of Public Safety

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What is RAD?

RAD classes are offered at no charge to University students, faculty, and staff.

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It 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.

RAD is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many Colleges and Universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

The RAD Systems 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 the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Course Description

12-hour basic physical defense class. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water and snacks.

Session 1

Utilizing the RAD student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principals of defense.

Participating students will begin the process of hands on training. We also discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.

Session 2

Participating students will continue the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition.

Session 3

Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.


Students will then participate in “simulated assault” scenarios with RAD instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.

Why RAD?

Approximately 85% of rape victims knew their assailant.

With over 3500 instructors certified and nearly 160,000 women trained, RAD Systems is the country’s largest and fastest growing self-defense program for women and children.

The RAD Systems curriculum is taught at over 400 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, and is the only self-defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

RAD is an international alliance of thousands of instructors united in offering practical options for responding to increasing acts of violence against women. We offer life-long opportunity for physical skill mastery provided through our trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.

For more information contact Officer Robert S. Hall with the Lock Haven University Public Safety Department at (570)484-2278.  For more information on R.A.D. check the official website www.rad-systems.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need any prior experience to attend this class?  Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?  No.  This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.

What is the cost of a basic program?  R.A.D. Systems programming has been offered on the Lock Haven University campus for several years and all self-defense programs taught at Lock Haven University campus are free to members of the campus community.

Haw many women have taken this program?  To date, over 250,000 women worldwide have attended R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Program. 

What are the requirements to become a R.A.D. instructor?  Any woman with the desire to share this information with other women may become an instructor.  Men who wish to become an R.A.D. instructor must have a law enforcement background or be willing to submit to a background investigation.

Instructor  Current Lock Haven University R.A.D. instructor is Officer Robert Hall.

Contact Us

Public Safety

Glennon Building
Chris Prescott, Chief of Police
Glennon Building


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