R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Women


R.A.D. programs are the National Standard in Self Defense Education. The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. R.A.D. 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. Courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. The 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.

Course: 12 Hour Program; Students will receive a R.A.D Basic Physical Defense Participant Manual
Location: TAMIU (Exact Location will be e-mailed).
Fee Community: $50
Fee TAMIU Students:
Fee TAMIU Faculty and Staff:

Spring Session 1: CANCELLED

Date Time Location
02/03/14 6:00pm - 9:00pm STC 231
02/04/14 6:00pm - 9:00pm KWRC 131
02/10/14 6:00pm - 9:00pm KWRC 131
02/11/14 6:00pm - 9:00pm ZSC 101


Spring Session 2: Saturdays
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Date Time Location
04/12/14 9:00am - 12:00pm TBA
04/19/14 9:00am - 12:00pm TBA
04/26/14 9:00am - 12:00pm TBA
05/03/14 9:00am - 12:00pm TBA


Alternate Session: If the above sessions do not meet your needs, please let us know. We can add courses at a time, date, and place that better fits your schedule whether it is on weekends or weekdays, morning, or evening. We do need a class of at least 8 women. Contact 956.326.3068 or email: ContinuingEducation@tamiu.edu

If you have already taken a R.A.D. course and would like to take a one day- 3 hour refresher R.A.D. course, contact TAMIU Police Department at 956.326.2100 or email:RAD@tamiu.edu. They will be able to set up a refresher course.

Why Women Only?

  • The vast majority of rapes are committed by men again women.
  • Assaults against men are generally very different than assaults against women.
  • Most of the women who enroll in our basic programs know very little about physical defense and in some cases self-defense and even assertiveness may be something that is contrary to their very life’s experience.
  • During the development of the basic physical skills, students are often required to work with one another, which inevitably means there will be a certain amount of bodily contact.
  • Title IX of the U.S. Code addresses access to course offerings and specifically outlines separation of sexes in physical education classes which involve bodily contact. (Section 106.3)

Reasons Why You Should Take the R.A.D. Course

  • According to the American Medical Association, 1 out of every 4 college-age women is a victim of rape (Oct. 2000).
  • According to the Dept. of Justice, 1.7% of U.S. college women were raped during the 1996-97 school year, and another 1.1% were victims of attempted rape (Dec. 2000).
  • Of the over 2.3 million women who reported sexual assaults in the United States from 1973-1987, 71% of the victims avoided being raped by taking self-protective measures.

Typical Questions asked about the R.A.D. Class

What is the minimum age?
Though we do not have a minimum age for participation, we require for anyone under the age of 18 (17 and under) to be accompanied by a female family member i.e. mother, aunt, older sister, etc.

How long is the R.A.D. class?
The typical RAD class is 12 hours long.

How many people are in each class?
While there is no set amount of students for each class, we do limit class size to the availability of instructors in order to ensure that each participant feels comfortable and is able to receive proper instruction.

Do I have to go to all classes?
Participation in all class segments is necessary to "complete" the class and receive your pass to any future R.A.D. classes held throughout the United States, free of charge.

Do I really get to hit someone in a suit?
Yes. You will get the chance to practice what is taught to you in previous classes, on one of the instructors who will be dressed up in a well-padded protective suit. This is called simulation training and is a valuable part of the class as it gives the student a chance to see how their newly learned skills work in real life situations. This part of the class is optional, but is encouraged.

Do I need to be an athlete to participate?
Not at all. The class is designed so that the average person can take it. We instruct people to go at their own pace and we never ask you to do something you can't do, or do not want to do.

RAD offers a variety of programs for different groups, and we are working to make them available in Laredo. In the meantime, we can help you locate the closest RAD program to you.

To Register for any of the above events please follow the LINK.