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Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) for Women

Basic Self Defense for Women


THE RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE (R.A.D.) SYSTEM is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. Course is a FREE comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk education, and risk avoidance. After this, the system progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. However, R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by Boston College Police Officers who are nationally-certified R.A.D. instructors.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defense concepts and techniques against various types of assault. This is done by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide women with knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Our Instructional Objective is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.

The R.A.D. Course consists of a free twelve hours course of instruction. This can be broken up into two days a week, two hours a day for three weeks. It can also be broken up into six hours over two days or any other configuration that works best for your group, and depending on availability of R.A.D Instructors.

The course is not only informative and valuable, but you will also have a lot of fun while learning. In the last class, you will have the opportunity to use all the techniques you have learned in simulated attacks. All students and officers wear protective gear and the student uses techniques learned against the officers who play the role of "attackers."

2014-2015 Training Schedule

Class 1

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

September 10th , 2014

September 12th , 2014

September 17th,  2014

September 19th , 2014

(Wednesday & Friday)


Class 3

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

November 10th, 2014

November 12th, 2014

November 17th, 2014

November 19th, 2014

(Monday & Wednesday)


Class 5

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

January 21st, 2015

January 23rd, 2015

January 28th, 2015

January 30th, 2015

(Tuesday and Wednesdays)


Class 7

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

March 9th, 2015

March 11th, 2015

March 16th, 2015

March 18th, 2015

(Monday and Wednesdays)


Class 2

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

October 23rd, 2014

October 29th, 2014

October 30th, 2014

November 5th, 2014


Class 4

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

December 6th, 2014

December 7th, 2014

December 13th, 2014

December 14th, 2014

(Saturday & Sunday)


Class 6

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

February 14th, 2015

February 15th, 2015

February 21st, 2015

February 22nd, 2015

(Saturdays and Sundays)


Class 8

McElroy Conf. Room (237B)

April 11th, 2015

April 12th, 2015

April 18th, 2015

April 19th, 2015



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