Rape Aggression Defense Program (RAD)

Rape Aggression Defense, known as R.A.D., is a self-defense program designed specifically for women. The R.A.D. approach to personal safety begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, and progresses to hands-on physical defense techniques.

Participants in the program will learn a wide range of tactics, including verbal techniques, ground defense options, escaping from bear hugs and choke holds, and many more. The practical techniques are designed to maximize the strengths of a woman’s body and build upon existing instinctive responses to provide women with effective self-defense options. In R.A.D., women will have the opportunity for hands-on dynamic impact practice and realistic simulation exercises.

The R.A.D. program is taught by nationally certified instructors who are dedicated to the growth and well-being of the women in our campus community. The course is suitable for women of all ages and abilities.

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Register for a R.A.D. Class
The current class schedule can be found here. The R.A.D. classes are free, but enrollment is limited to ensure the highest level of quality instruction.

Register by emailing the Program Coordinator, Tina Lamb, at cjlamb@ufl.edu or by calling the University of Florida Police Department’s Community Services Division at (352) 392-1409. Please provide your name, email address, phone number, and which class dates you would like to attend.

Why R.A.D.?

R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with over 11,000 Instructors receiving training in our systems to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. R.A.D. has trained more than 900,000 women since the program began in 1989.

R.A.D. is the only existing program with a free lifetime return and practice policy, honored worldwide.

R.A.D. has developed specialized simulation techniques and equipment for use by certified R.A.D. Instructors.

R.A.D. is the only self-defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self-Defense Institute (NSDI) and Redman Training Gear.

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