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Personal Safety Courses for Women

S.A.F.E: Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange

2-Hour Program

S.A.F.E. 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.

"If you were targeted for a violent attack, you are only guaranteed there will be one person there to defend you and that person is you… YOU are your best defense."


R.A.D: Rape Aggression Defense

12-Hour Program

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). Students must attend all 12 hours of the program, but no other costs or equipment are required. Only your dedication is required to succeed.

Rape Agression Defense class

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 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.


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 to discuss scheduling a session for your group.

Upcoming SAFE Sessions:

Monday, 9/23 10:00am-12:00pm
Nelson Smith Building, Room 213

Thursday, 9/26 1:30pm-3:30pm
Kong Room in Vrooman Center

Monday, 9/30 6:30pm-8:30pm
Kong Room in Vrooman Center

Please send us an email with your name and which session you want to attend to register.

Sign up for our mailing list here and be notified by email of the next RAD or SAFE session.

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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