What is R.A.D.?
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense
tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive,
women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and
risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally
certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference
manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference
and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and
practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you need any prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top
physical shape to participate?
No. This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience
or background in physical skills training.
- Is there a program in my area?
Yes. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office conducts training at least once a
- What is the cost of a basic program?
The cost for the program is $25 and is non-refundable. The registration fee and
signup is located at the Sheriff’s Office, located at 1170 Michigan Road, Port
- Is this program one person's opinion?
The RAD program as it appears today is a result of the contributions of many RAD
instructors across the United States and Canada.
- How many women have taken this program?
To date, over 250,000 women have attended RAD Basic Physical Defense Program.
- How long is this program?
The Basic Physical Defense program is eight hours of training (plus one hour for
- Can I bring my younger daughter with me?
Yes. It is very common for mothers and daughters to attend this program
together. In addition to developing and enhancing their options of self-defense,
it seems to be a great bonding experience for them.
R.A.D. training is currently planned to be held once each month on Saturdays
from 8:00 a.m. through 5 p.m. If you wish to take this training, e-mail
Deputy Steve Campau. He will then
contact you by e-mail with the next available training. The training is limited
to 20 women for each session.