University Public Safety to Offer Rape Aggression Defense Classes

October 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) classes will be offered in two different sessions on the USC Upstate campus on October 25-27 (Tuesday – Thursday) from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and November 1-3 (Tuesday – Thursday) from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The sessions are taught by University Police. Each class consists of three evenings of intensive training for women of all ages and abilities to give basic skills in scenario-based situations that could occur in daily life.

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. 

Classes are free for USC Upstate students (note: failure to attend after confirmation receipt will result in $25 charge added to student account). The course fee for faculty, staff and members of the community is $25 (material fee). Spaces are limited so availability will be on a first come, first served basis. To attend a class, email Corporal Lisa Hyder at For additional information call 503-5269. All registered to attend will receive a confirmation with location, date/time of class, and other class details such as wardrobe requirements.