» Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program



The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program is a comprehensive self-defense program specifically designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect themselves against various forms of assault, including sexual assault. RAD training typically consists of a series of classes or workshops led by certified RAD instructors, and it is open to individuals of all ages and fitness levels, although it is often tailored for women.

The key components of RAD training include:

  1. Physical Techniques: Participants learn basic self-defense techniques, including strikes, blocks, and escapes, that are effective in fending off attackers. These techniques are taught in a safe and controlled environment, allowing participants to practice and develop their skills.

  2. Risk Reduction Strategies: RAD emphasizes the importance of awareness and prevention in personal safety. Participants learn to recognize and avoid potentially dangerous situations, as well as strategies for de-escalating confrontations and setting boundaries.

  3. Verbal Assertiveness: Effective communication is a critical aspect of self-defense. RAD teaches participants how to assert themselves verbally in threatening situations, including how to clearly and confidently communicate boundaries and seek assistance when needed.

  4. Simulated Scenarios: RAD training often includes simulated scenarios that allow participants to apply their skills in realistic situations. These scenarios provide valuable hands-on experience and help participants build confidence in their ability to defend themselves.

Overall, RAD training aims to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to protect themselves against assault and to navigate potentially dangerous situations safely. By providing practical self-defense techniques and emphasizing awareness and prevention, RAD equips participants with the tools they need to stay safe and confident in any situation.


RAD is free for all Chapman University students, staff, and faculty. Those who are interested may sign up for the class by emailing the Public Safety RAD instructors at rad@groups.chapman.edu. Please note that space is limited.