R.A.D. Classes

Empowering Women

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) is a free program provided by The Ohio State University Police Division that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques to women.

Free R.A.D. Courses

Taught by nationally certified R.A.D. instructors, this comprehensive, women-only course begins with awareness education, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. Although students will learn defense strategies, R.A.D. is not a martial arts program.

R.A.D. courses are open to women in Ohio ages 14 and up. All students in the course will be provided with a workbook and reference manual that outlines the entire program. Students who receive this manual at graduation will receive a lifetime return policy to any R.A.D. class nationwide.

Ohio State R.A.D. Classes





May 14-15 (This class is now full)   


Please Note: The May 14-15 class is now full and registration has closed. To be placed on the waitlist, please send the following information to rad@osu.edu:

  • Name (s)
  • Age (if under 18)
  • Contact e-mail address

For more information, contact Lieutenant Kimberly Spears-McNatt at 614-292-2121 or rad@osu.edu.



To schedule a class outside of Ohio State, please visit the national R.A.D. Systems website.