RAD Program Information

Police Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program

Our RAD Instructional Objective

“To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable
considerations to the woman who is attacked.”

Why take RAD

Because statistics tell us that women taking a self-defense course significantly reduce their chances of becoming a crime victim.

What is RAD?

Learning self defense is the best future security investment one can make, especially for women.
Rape Aggression Defense System is one of the best women’s self defense courses available. RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive self defense course for a woman that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defensive training.

We educate women by enhancing their options of physical defense as being not only prudent, but also a necessity if a natural resistance is to be effective. The Rape Aggression Defense System empowers women to make their own decisions regarding self-preservation and self-defense options.

RAD is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assaults 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.


With over 7,000 instructors certified and over 300,000 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/universities and police departments across the United States and Canada. It is the only self-defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

RAD sets the national standard in self-defense instructor certification; and is internationally recognized for its programming quality and organizational commitment to excellence. RAD Systems balances the needs of women to acquire self-defense education in a relatively short period of time with the life long commitment required for physical skill mastery. How? By providing short term training opportunities in a progressive building block format and combining each with RAD’s trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy

The RAD Class

The RAD class is taught over a period of 12 hours that consist of two 6 hour classes. The class begins with an overview and discussion on risk reduction and prevention followed by the learning and practicing of physical defense moves. The final phase of the training is a simulation of an attack. This phase is the portion of the training where everything the student learns comes together.

The students must attend the entire class to complete the course. Simulation is strictly voluntary and the students can still complete the class if they choose not to volunteer; but they must be present. The vast majority of women who perform the simulation leave with a feeling of empowerment.

Free Return Policy

Once a woman has graduated from the class, she becomes a lifetime member. Once completing the class, the student/alumni can go anywhere in the United States and Canada where RAD is offered and attend a class for free, providing that there is room in the class. They can attend the entire course or just a simulation to brush up on their techniques.

Register for Training

To register for one of the RAD classes or for additional information please submit your information to RAD Online Registration

There is a one-time fee of $15 for non-GMU affiliated attendees which will be due at the start of the first class.  The fee may be cash or check, please make checks payable to GMU Foundation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  If you would like to speak with someone about the RAD program you may contact the George Mason University Police Department at 703-993-2810 and ask to speak with Officer Stephanie Bietsch.

We hope to see you at one of our RAD classes!