Grand Valley Police Department

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)

Program Rationale

It is the intent of this three hour introductory R.A.D. Awareness Seminar, taught to women only, to empower them through self-awareness and discussions about basic fundamentals of prevention and self-defense.


Program Descriptions

Participants will also be exposed to basic information about crimes that take place on campus, crime prevention methods, and basic self-defense techniques.  The emphasis of this seminar will be on the crime of sexual assault.

In addition to this introductory seminar the university also offers the full Rape Aggression Defense System as a 1-credit class offered through the Physical Education and Movement Science Department.  This class is listed as PED-180 in the course catalog.  Normal course tuition / registration fees are required for those who desire to take the class for credit.  PED-180 is not a credit/no-credit class.  It is a letter grade class.
 

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. 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. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual.  The entire R.A.D. class can also be taught at GVSU and consists of at least 13 hours of instruction.


Intended Outcomes

  • To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to woman who is attacked
  • Educate participants on risk awareness, risk prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance
  • Introduce participants to the basics of hands-on defense training – note, this is NOT a martial arts class
  • Introduce participants to the local resources for sexual assault survivors 

Facility Needs

The ideal location for this program is an area that can accommodate the number of anticipated participants with a minimal number of distractions.  Classroom settings work well, if there is sufficient space for demonstrating and practicing physical self-defense techniques.  Living center “great rooms” or “community rooms” are appropriate in some buildings.  It is imperative that these are “closed” sessions accessible to women only.  It should not be possible for men (except for instructors) to intentionally or inadvertently enter or view the training area.


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Program request should be made within a minimum of two weeks from the date of the event. Preplanning for events is highly encouraged. Last minute requests may not be accommodated. Advertisement for the program will be the responsibility of those who request the program.  Posters, mailbox inserts, and face-to-face invitations are highly encouraged.  The advertisement should stress that the class is designed for women only.  Organizers of the event should be educated that we will also present self-defense classes in which men would be invited to participate, but R.A.D. presentations are restricted to women only.


Program Themes

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Awareness 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. 
 
R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense)
This is a 13 hour program for women only.  Participants will learn about rape, rape myths, prevention methods, physical defense options, date rape drugs, and local resources.
 
R.A.D (Rape Aggression Defense) PED 180
1-credit class offered through the Physical Education and Movement Science Department.  This class is listed as PED-180 in the course catalog.  Normal course tuition/registration fees are required for those who desire to take the class for credit.  PED-180 is not a credit/no-credit class.  It is a letter grade class.
 
Sexual Assault, Stalking and the Law
Participants may learn how to identify sexual assault and/or stalking situations.  Learn how to prevent or address situations if they should occur. Additional information about how these situations occur.
 
The Other Half of the Sexual Assault Equation
This is a male-only program about sexual assault.  Men can learn what they can do to help eliminate sexual assaults.    Men will learn how pornography, stereotyping, and the media impact sexual assaults.  Rape myths will be discussed. 

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