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

In 1995 Dartmouth College joined the fastest growing international organization dedicated to the opposition of violence against women - the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems Program. Lawrence Nadeau founded the R.A.D. program in 1989. The RAD program has over 5000 instructors in the U.S. and Canada, with over 100,000 women having completed the program.

At Dartmouth we have hosted over 50 Basic R.A.D. programs, and an Advanced R.A.D. program. We have taught over 400 women in the program at Dartmouth College. The R.A.D. program was developed to empower women through self-defense. This empowerment is taught through four basic principles: education, dependency on self, making their own decisions and realization of their own power. The R.A.D. System objective is "To develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked." This course includes awareness and risk reduction techniques, voice commands, and basic defense techniques. The R.A.D. program 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 an educated decision about resistance.

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.

For more information go to: http://www.rad-systems.com

The program also has a lifelong self-defense return policy that allows the women to return to a R.A.D. class anytime, with any instructor, anywhere, free of charge for a lifetime of practice. For more information or to sign up for the course, please contact one of the instructors through the Department of Safety and Security at (603) 646-2234 or by email to:


Last Updated: 10/31/13