What is RAD?

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention and avoidance. It progresses to the basics of hand-to-hand defense training. The course is not a martial arts program, though it teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The class includes 15 hours of instruction. The fee is $25, which covers the cost of the manual.

Who teaches RAD?

RAD is taught by certified instructors. Students are also given a reference manual that outlines more comprehensive physical defense, allowing for ongoing learning and personal development.

Where are the classes taught?

RAD classes are taught on campus through Health & Exercise Science and the University Police Department. Classes receive academic credit.

Faculty and staff classes are also offered on request.

What will I learn?

You will learn how to use easy and proven tactics in various types of attacks. The class expands on the “flight of fight” emotional reaction to a threat. Students are taught enhanced defense techniques, teaching them that physical defense can be prudent and necessary. Women gain confidence in knowing how to make an educated decision about resistance in spontaneous, violent attacks.

Facts about sexual assault

One-quarter of college women polled were sexually assaulted during their four years in college.  Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Rape victims are more likely to defend themselves than assault or robbery victims.  Voice and physical resistance are the tactics most often used by those who avoided rapes.

RAD Contact Info

  • WFU Police: 336.758.5591
  • Health & Exercise Science: 336.758.5391
  • Email: rad@wfu.edu