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Rape Aggression Defense Free Self Defense For Women

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The class consists of two sessions on the following dates and times
(attendance policy)
date time location address
SATURDAY, AUG 298:00am-4:00pmLane Avenue Residence Hall328 West Lane Avenue
SUNDAY, AUG 308:00am-4:00pmLane Avenue Residence HallColumbus, OH 43210

Space for this class was provided by OSU Recreational Sports

What is R.A.D.?

Rape Aggression Defense Systems is a program of realistic self defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on the basics of hands on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors, who are also Police Officers. All students are provided a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire program for reference. Students who receive the manual at graduation also receive a lifetime return policy to any R.A.D. class, nationwide, for life.

Please visit the national R.A.D. website for more information at:

Who will be teaching the course?

All R.A.D. classes are sponsored by the Ohio State University Police Division.
All R.A.D. instructors are certified Law Enforcement Officers.
All R.A.D. instructors are certified by R.A.D. systems as instructors.

How is this class instructed?

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on the basics of hands on defense training. This course is physically and psychologically demanding. The training that we offer includes the use of pads and padded suits, which allow the students to experience, practice and learn what it is like to strike the aggressor in a realistic situation.

Do I need any prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?

No. This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.

What is the cost?

The course is free!

How old do I have to be to sign up for the course?

Any female from thirteen years old and up may register.

Do I have to be a student?

You do not need to be a student, faculty or staff to enroll.

What is the attendance Policy?

You will spend a total of 15 hours in class. Each class meets for 3 hours once a week for 5 consecutive weeks and you are expected to attend all classes. There are limited spaces available and we typically have people waiting to attend. Please make sure you are committed to attending all of the classes before you register.

What should I wear for class?

Please remember that this is an interactive self defense course. Students may wear loose fitting clothing, workout clothing, or street clothes. Please do not wear open-toed shoes or heels. Athletic shoes are recommended.

How do I donate to the OSUPD RAD Program?

Officer Michael Blankenship was one of the first RAD Instructors who initiated the OSUPD RAD program. His influence continues with the department through this program. Our current RAD instructors endeavor to pay it forward to the community he served.

Officer Michael Blankenship was killed in the line of duty on February 10th, 1997.

The Michael Blankenship Police Memorial Fund was created to receive gifts to the University in memory of murdered University Police Officer Michael Blankenship to use such funds for campus crime prevention initiatives and programs. The fund number is 306115. Donations are tax deductible.

Please make checks payable to: The Ohio State Foundation / Michael Blankenship Police Memorial Fund (#306115) and note "For RAD" in the memo field.

By Mail:
To send a gift by mail, download a giving form. Mail completed form and check, if applicable to:

The Ohio State University Foundation
1480 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

For on-line donations:

For additional information about the OSU Campus Campaign fund:

For more information

Contact Lieutenant Kimberly Spears-McNatt at 292-2121 or email for more information.