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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."

Interested in the class, please contact us at: RAD@BC.EDU

2016 Fall Training Schedule

Please note that registration is open for Class 1 only at this time. 



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Tuesday, October 4th

Thursday, October 6th

Tuesday, October 11th

Thursday, October 13th



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Monday, December 5th

Friday, December 9th

Monday, December 12th

Friday, December 16th


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Tuesday, November 8th

Thursday, November 10th

Tuesday, November 15th

Thursday, November 17th



You must attend all dates in the class to complete the program.



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