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R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense System

Please call 257-2222 or email RAD@newpaltz.edu for more information.

All classes are open to students, staff, faculty, and community members!

This highly intense self-defense course is offered two times during most semesters to students and community members. It is a 12-hour class that runs over the course of two weeks in four three hour sessions.  You must be able to attend all four scheduled dates.

Upcoming RAD course dates for Spring 2018: 

April 10, 12, 17 & 19.

All classes run from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.


  • PO Lilah Bunce, Basic, simulation


  • Corinna Caracci, RAD State Director of New York / Instructor Trainer


  • Investigator Juanta Carson, Basic, simulation


  • PO Olukayode Olasokan, Basic


  • PO Joseph Haubrich II, Basic


  • PO William Shaw, Basic


  • PO Derek Grant, Basic


  • PO Janae Myers, Basic


  • PO Talia Badillo, Basic






Could you effectively defend yourself if attacked?
One out of every four college women polled was sexually assaulted during four years at college (Ms. Magazine study on sexual assault and rape).

Between 2005 and 2010, 78 percent of sexual violence involved an offender who was a family member, intimate partner, friend, or acquaintance (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics).

Between 2005 and 2010, 17.7 million women in the U.S. have been the victim of a rape or attempted rape at some point in their lives (Criminal Victimization National Statistics, 2010).

Don't be victimized by fear. "In fact, the most often used strategy for avoiders (of rape) appears to have been a combination of screaming and use of physical resistance." (Bart, P. & O'Brien, P. 1985. Stopping Rape: Successful Survival Strategies. Pergamon Press, New York.)

What is the RAD System?
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD Instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many Colleges and Universities. The growing, wide spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology. The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist, on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about the "Flight or Fight Syndrome," while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

RAPE Aggression Defense Systems
Finally, a physical defense program for women that:

* Has established standards of acceptability for female self-defense programs;
* Offers no-nonsense, practical techniques of defense;
* Researched the effects of the "Fight or Flight Syndrome";
* Offers advanced self-defense courses that build upon the physical defense system;
* Provides static, fluid and dynamic hands on training;
* Provides students with a comprehensive Reference Manual;
* Certifies Instructors from the community;
* Has a litigation defense policy;
* Offers state of the art programs at reasonable rates;
* Makes recommendations on self-defense products.

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