Rape Aggression Defense System Course

  • In partnership with the Elizabethtown Borough Police Department, the Elizabethtown Area School District is offering a Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) course this spring. This 3-day, women-only course will teach realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Attendance at all three sessions is mandatory. The course is open to current Elizabethtown Area High School juniors and seniors (females only) and their mothers (voluntary), as well as EASD staff (females only). There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee. Fee must be paid in order to reserve your spot in the class. Checks should be made payable to the Elizabethtown Police Training Fund and submitted to the high school office. Course size is limited to twelve participants so register early. The class will be co-taught by Melanie Craver, EAHS Physical Education Teacher, and Sue Smith, EASD Safety and Security Coordinator.
    The R.A.D. System begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. To register, click the online registration link below.  If you have questions about the course offering or want to secure your spot by registering and paying the fee, contact Ms. Smith by phone at (717) 367-1521, ext. 10005 or by email at sue_smith@etownschools.org.
    Course Details (attendance mandatory at all 3 sessions):

    Wednesday, April 15
    3-7 p.m.      
    EAHS IMC Classroom

    Wednesday, April 22         
    3-7 p.m.       
    EAHS Cafeteria

    Thursday, April 23        
    3-7 p.m.       
    EAHS Cafeteria

    What is RAD?
    The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for a woman that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance while progressing on 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 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, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

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

    Course Description
    12 hour basic physical defense class

    Session 1 - Utilizing the RAD student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense.

    Session 2 - Participating students 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 utilizing personal weapons. The techniques utilized by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition. Students 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.

    Session 3 - Students 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. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.

    Why RAD?
    Approximately 85% of rape victims knew their assailant.

    With over 11,000 instructors certified and nearly 900,000 women trained, RAD Systems is the country’s largest and fastest growing self-defense program for women and children.

    The RAD Systems curriculum is taught at various colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, and is the only self-defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), National Self-Defense Institute (NSDI), Redman Training Gear.

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