Utilizing certified instructors, the Department of Public Safety conducts the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program for the women of the University. RAD is a system of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques combined with instruction on risk reduction, prevention and avoidance. The program, conducted each semester, provides women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about sexual assault prevention.
Every year during the month of April, the Health Center, the Department of Public Safety, and members of the student body co-sponsor Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Programs of sexual assault prevention and awareness are conducted throughout the month.
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. RAD is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against 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 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 about `The Flight or Fight Syndrome', while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but 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." (R.A.D. Systems, 498-A Wythe Creek Rd. Poquoson, VA 23662)
The course is offered free at Loyola and is sponsored public safety and campus police. Class sizes are limited to six.