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The upcoming 9-hour course is divided into three dates: 

November 8, 7 to 10 p.m.
November 15, 7 to 10 p.m.
November 22, 7 to 10 p.m.

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What is R.A.D?

Rape aggression defense (R.A.D.) is a basic self-defense program for women that will teach them realistic tactics on how to defend themselves. This course empowers women through education of personal safety through risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, and risk avoidance. Women will become dependent on themselves through the use of personal weapons. They will be able to make their own decisions based on what is right for them at that moment. By the end of it all, they will have self-realization of physical power by enabling them to exert their physical strength. This program will give confidence that may have not been shown before.

Why R.A.D?

R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with more than 11,000 instructors receiving training in our systems to date. These Instructors teach at various colleges, universities, and municipal law enforcement agencies as well as various other community organizations internationally. R.A.D. is the only self-defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. We believe that our approach to self-defense is more responsible and efficient than any other program could offer. We want your time, effort, sweat, tears, and commitment, and in return, we will give the same.

Why Women Only?

The vast majority of reported rapes are committed by men against women. If men are allowed in basic classes they can learn defensive techniques and use them against women. Assaults against men are very different than assaults against women. Men who attack men are usually motivated by robbery or damage they can cause. Men who attack women are often motivated by power and gratification. Most women who enroll in R.A.D know very little about self-defense, and in some, lack assertiveness. This program allows a comfortable and open environment for women to become more accepting of using physical defense when needed. It is more comfortable for women to enroll in a program that has only women.

Springfield College Police Department R.A.D Class

This program will be taught by certified instructors. Students will receivea workbook manual that outlines everything taught in class, including defensive movements and information to further personal growth. The nine-hour program consists of three evening classes of three-hour blocks. The sessions will consist of learning in the classroom and practicing physical defense moves. The benefits of participating in our R.A.D. program include learning defensive techniques, increasing self-confidence, developing new friendships, and receiving support in an all-female group setting.

Contact Information and Class Dates and Location

For questions or for more information, contact us at or (413) 748-5555.