Grand Valley State University Women's Center
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.