Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program

The Santa Fe College Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff's Office proudly present the Rape Aggression Defense program, known as RAD. RAD is a self-defense course specifically and only for women. The program was founded in 1989 by a former campus police officer. Today the course is taught at more than four hundred colleges and universities. The program's instructional objective is "to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked." 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.


This system of realistic defense will provide women 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 "Fight or Flight 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.

The course differs from other self-defense programs in that it provides a foundation of risk reduction through avoidance strategies in addition to active defensive tactics. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance while progressing to the basics of hands-on self defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Because the class emphasizes awareness as well as self-defense, it addresses the threat from both a stranger and an acquaintance perspective.

The course is taught in three sections by law enforcement officers certified to provide RAD training. At the beginning of each class, instructors will provide you with a workbook/reference manual that you will use throughout the course. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and provides outlines for each of the three sections taught. The first section is classroom discussion with a lecture component.

The second section discusses confrontation, options in various types of situations, and how and why to make a decision to resist or not. The third section continues with confrontational dynamics, and principles of self-defense. Students will systematically learn stances, yelling, movement, blocking, and escape methods along with many other defense techniques.

The class is FREE, but enrollment is limited to ensure the highest level of quality instruction.


Have more questions?

How to sign up for a class

  1. Register by contacting the Alachua County Sheriff's Office :
         Deputy Cary Gallop
  2. Please provide your name, email address, phone number and which class dates you would like to attend.
  3. Remember, the class consists of three (3) four (4)-hour sections.

    NOTE: You need to attend all 3 sessions.

RAD Schedule for 2015-16

ALL Classes:

5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Santa Fe College, NW Campus
Building S, Room 29
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606

Santa Fe College

02/09/16 Tuesday
02/16/16 Tuesday
02/17/16 Wednesday
04/12/16 Tuesday
04/19/16 Tuesday
04/20/16 Wednesday
05/10/16 Tuesday
05/17/16 Tuesday
05/18/16 Wednesday
06/07/16 Tuesday
06/14/16 Tuesday
06/15/16 Wednesday