is an unparalleled 2-hour educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program – encompassing Strategies, Techniques, Options, and Prevention – that provides women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense. The program has a dual purpose:
1. To prevent crimes of sexual violence in our communities through programs of education and training, focusing primarily on awareness and prevention;
2. To educate women about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape, and survive assaults if they do occur.
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).
If you have questions about RAD or SAFE, 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.
These courses are limited in size and registrants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis.
Attendance will be required at
scheduled training dates and times. 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. Please only sign up for a program you can attend ALL of the listed sessions. Your commitment is all that is required to succeed: no equipment or costs are associated with the program.
Although we would like to, RAD 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.
SAFE may be scheduled for individual groups who can commit a full 2 hours to the program. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss scheduling a session for your group.
To be emailed when the next session of a RAD or SAFE class is scheduled, please complete the form for the Mailing List below:
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