09 June 2017

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System’s Basic Physical Self Defense Course for Women

To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty,

The Wayne State University Police Department will again host the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System’s Basic Physical Self Defense Course for Women in July 2017. 

This RAD Basic Self Defense Class will be held on two successive Monday and Wednesday evenings:  July 10th, 12th, 17th, and 19th, 2017. 
All RAD classes will be held at the Wayne State University Police Department. located at 6050 Cass Avenue at Burroughs, two blocks north of the Ford/I-94 freeway.
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 course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on self defense. The RAD program is taught nationwide and its widespread acceptance is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of R.A.D. tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology.
Our Basic R.A.D course is open to girls and women of all ages. In fact, graduates of our past R.A.D. classes ranged in age from 11 years old to 74 years of age.  Over 1,500 women have attended our Basic RAD program classes since RAD came to the WSUPD in late 1999.

Several male and female WSU Police Officers, who are also nationally certified RAD instructors, will teach each RAD session. The program is a 13 hour women’s self defense course that has been internationally recognized as an effective and easy-to-learn personal safety tool.  Each class consists of four separate sessions that cover a variety of topics; including personal safety and safety awareness, physical defense techniques, and aggressive defense measures, such as tactical ground fighting, to be used as options, available to the woman who is attacked. 
The last session (Simulation Night) allows you to test your new skills and techniques to defend yourself in three simulated attacks. 
All RAD classes are open to women only. Husbands, boyfriends or other males will not be allowed to attend or view this training. RAD classes are scheduled monthly and RAD Class announcements will be made via Campus Watch emails. If you are interested in taking our RAD classes, keep your eye on future Campus Watch emails for RAD class dates and times.
Additionally, the WSUPD has increased our RAD class offerings and we will be periodically scheduling Advanced RADRAD Weapons Defense, RAD for Men, RAD Key Chain Defense and RAD Aerosol Defense Options.
In June of 2015, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the University of Windsor released the results of a Canadian study on sexual assaults on three college and university campuses in that country. This 10 year study, the first of its kind in North America, showed that, "The chance of a woman being (sexually) assaulted during four years at a university is estimated at between 20 and 25 per cent over a four-year period".  (U.S. findings are similar with Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics indicating that 1 out of 4 women will be a survivor of rape or attempted rape between the ages of 14 and 25).

See the below link for the news story on this Canadian study and note the three related stories on the right side of the page after you access the below link

"Women Trained to Resist Sexual Assault Far Less Likely to be Raped" - 

Not familiar with the WSUPD Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Women's Self Defense program or not sure if it's for you? Well, WDIV/ClickonDetroit.com sent a reporter and cameraman to our November 2013 RAD class for a "Local 4 Defenders" news story. You can see that story at the following link:


If you make the time commitment, we will commit to providing you with some of the best women's self defense training available.
NOTE: WSU Students, Staff and Faculty members may also attend with, or enroll, one non-WSU woman as their guest. This would include non-WSU spouses, partners, girlfriends, Mom's and female siblings. Daughters and siblings 12 to 16 years of age may attend the RAD training program once a parent signs a Parental Consent Form. Because of the subject matter content, we highly recommend that the minor female attends the RAD course with a female parent or older female sibling.

This Basic Rape Aggression Defense course is very popular. Previous Basic RAD classes filled very quickly and were met with overwhelming success. If you plan on registering with a friend or relative, don’t delay.

The RAD course costs only $20.00 per participant for the four session class. Payment is required at time of registration. We can accept cash or checks, payable to 'Wayne State University Police'.

You must register in advance to ensure your enrollment. See below for registration details.

Monday, July 10th, 2017                  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017            5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Monday, July 17th, 2017                  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 19th. 2017            5:30 pm to 9:30 pm  (Simulations Night)
How to register for the July 2017 Basic RAD Class -

In order to maintain a high student to instructor ratio, class size is limited to the first 20 registered participants. To register for this class, please bring your $20 registration fee and your WSU OneCard ID, to the Records Section of the Wayne State Police Department located at 6050 Cass Avenue at Burroughs, two blocks north of the Ford freeway. (Feel free to park in the 'Police Only Zone' in front of the building as the course registration will only take a couple of minutes).

WSUPD Records Section Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Registrations for this upcoming Basic RAD class will be accepted until Friday, July 6th, 2017 unless the class fills to capacity before 
that time.


Crime Prevention Section
Wayne State University Police
6050 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI  48202
desk: 313-577-6064

EMERGENCY phone: 313-577-2222
web: http://police.wayne.edu
email: campuswatch@wayne.edu