Self-Defense - Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

Women's Self-Defense Course (R.A.D.)


Dates: Monday, June 24, 2024 - Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: TBD 

The Olivette Police Department is partnering with other local police departments to offer a free R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) training class for women. The course consists of four 3-hour classes and utilizes proven and easy-to-learn self-defense tactics that provide women with the knowledge and skills to defend against various types of assault. 

This program is meant for women 12 years of age and up and has an element of physical demand. If you would like more information about this program or wish to register, please call Sergeant Dane Lincoln at (314) 983-5251 or email your name, address, and phone number to

Registration: Registration is not yet available for this class.  Please check back on a regular basis or contact Sergeant Lincoln for more information.  Waivers must be signed at the first class.

What is RAD?

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance while progressing 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 students 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 taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of the tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

The RAD Systems is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by using easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics. The system of realistic defense will provide the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

RAD-drill_3WHY RAD?

A survey revealed that approximately 85% of rape victims knew their assailants.

RAD Systems is the country’s largest and fastest-growing self-defense program for women and children, with more than 3,500 instructors certified and nearly 160,000 women trained.

The RAD Systems curriculum is taught at over 400 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada and is the only self-defense program to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

RAD is an international alliance of thousands of instructors united in offering practical options for responding to increasing acts of violence. We offer life-long opportunities for physical skill mastery provided through our trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.

RAD-drill_1Course Description

Twelve-hour basic physical defense class. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water and snacks.

Session 1

Using the RAD student manual, participants will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense.

Participants will begin the process of hands-on training. We also discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and using personal weapons.

Session 2

Participants will continue the process of hands-on training. The techniques used by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition.

Session 3

Participants will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.


Participants will then participate in “simulated assault” scenarios with RAD instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training. Participants have the opportunity to use their skills in a safe training environment.

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