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R.A.D. Rape Agression Defense


The R.A.D objective: "To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked." Larry Nadeau


The R.A.D. approach to personal safety is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. As we all know there is no guarantee that awareness, and the practice of preventative and risk reduction techniques will always keep a women out of physical danger.

R.A.D. courses also place emphasis in areas that instill dependency on self, and making your own decisions. She must be able to decide when and when not to use force in self-defense. She must make her own decision based on what she feels is right for her at that point in time.

R.A.D. offers the opportunity to exert physical strength. Many women do not have a self realization of their own physical power. Along with offering women the chance to strike something with 100% impact force, it also gives women a chance to see themselves as being effective in a confrontational situation.

Idaho State University currently offers one R.A.D. course every eight weeks per semester (with the exception of the first eight weeks in the fall semester). R.A.D is only offered at the Pocatello campus at this time. These courses are one credit courses instructed by ISU Public Safety personnel who are certified as R.A.D. instructors. Public Safety also offers non credit R.A.D. courses, a minimum of 12 hours, to university students and employees. It is estimated that between 150 and 200 women at ISU will complete the course each semester.

Students interested in enrolling in R.A.D. for credit should consult the course catalog under Health Education or Physical Education.


R.A.D. Instructors certify through R.A.D. Systems, Inc., Tidewater Academy, Denham Springs, Louisiana, Larry Nadeau, Director.

For further information contact ISU Public Safety at 282-2515.

Last Modified: 11/16/15 at 05:17:38 PM