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Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) 

Rape Agression Defense class

RAD Courses

The basis of the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) system is realistic self defense for Women (not a martial arts program). It provides women and young girls with an environment to nurture and develop positive skills, attitudes, belief in self and physical fitness. It is structured as a WOMEN ONLY course and taught by certified R.A.D. instructors. The three focuses are: Risk Reduction, Physical Defense and Dynamic Simulation. Students are provided with a course booklet for practice and reference. The booklet outlines the entire course and remains with the student upon course completion for growth and development. Each student, upon successful completion of the R.A.D. course, is a lifetime member and may return FREE to courses offered around the country (with their student manual signed by the R.A.D. instructor).

Why women only?

  • Statistically most assaults on women are committed by men
  • Assaults on women and men are very different in nature
  • Women typically are unfamiliar with their capabilities, as most have never hit anything prior to this class
  • This training helps women realize their potential for self protection, versus reliance on others
  • Easier for women to bond
  • Reduces the likelihood of "improper touching" with the large amount of physical contact
  • Title IX of the U. S. code, subpart D 106.34 (07/01/92) specifically outlines separation of sexes in classes where physical contact is necessary.

If you have questions about RAD, please contact ISU Police at (309) 438-8631.

This program was created with the generous support of the ISU Parents Advisory Board and University Health Education Coordinating Council.


This course is limited in size and registrants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. Attendance will be required at ALL scheduled training dates and times for a total of 9 hours. We teach this program using repetition which promotes muscle memory. Attendance to all sessions is important as each session builds upon the last and repeats throughout the program. If you are unable to attend ALL the sessions listed below, please wait until another is posted before signing up. Your commitment is all that is required to succeed: no equipment or costs are associated with the program.

Although we would like to, this program is not available upon request for individual groups as it takes more than one session to complete. We do encourage your group to participate in the scheduled sessions.

The next scheduled session has yet to be determined. To be notified by email of the next available session, please use the Interest Form below:

RAD Interest Form

When a session has been scheduled, information and registration will be made available here. When your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email the class location and directions.

Registration Form

Personal Safety Survey

We have provided a brief survey for you to complete which will help us better serve our faculty, staff, students, and community to further assist us in our programming. Please complete the short Personal Safety/Self Defense Survey

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