University Police

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program

2014 Spring class will meet at the following times and dates in the ANDERSON JUSTICE CENTER, ROOM 147/GYM

  • Thursday, February 6, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 13, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 20, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 27, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The Program consists of 12 hours of training, which is broken down into four 3-hour blocks.
Participants will receive education and physical hands-on training.

Registration Fee: FREE (Totally underwritten by MSSU)

The Rape Aggression Defense program, known as RAD, is a self-defense course specifically and only for women. The program was founded in 1989 by a former campus police officer. Today the course is taught at more than four hundred colleges and universities and has trained more than three thousand instructors and more than one hundred thousand women. The program’s instructional objective is "to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they become viable options to the woman who is attacked." The growing wide spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology.

This system of realistic defense will provide women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist, on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about the "Fight or Flight Syndrome," while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective. The course differs from other self-defense programs in that it provides a foundation of risk reduction through avoidance strategies in addition to active defensive tactics. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance while progressing to the basics of hands-on self-defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Because the class emphasizes awareness as well as self-defense, it addresses the threat from both a stranger and an acquaintance perspective.

The course is taught in four sections by law enforcement officers certified to provide RAD training. At the beginning of each class, instructors will provide you with a workbook/reference manual that you will use throughout the course. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and provides outlines for each of the three sections taught. The first section is classroom discussion with a lecture component. It includes discussion about confrontation, options in various types of situations, and how and why to make a decision to resist or not. Subsequent sessions continue with confrontational dynamics and principles of self-defense. Students will systematically learn stances, yelling, punches, kicks, blocking, and escape methods along with many other defense techniques.If you are interested in RAD training at Missouri Southern State University, contact MSSU University Police Department 417-625-9741and ask for Ken Kennedy. Director Kennedy can also be reached through email at: kennedy-k@mssu.edu The class is FREE, but enrollment is limited.

Rape Statistics

1 out of every 4 college women polled was sexually assaulted at college. (Ms. Magazine Study of Sexual Assault and Rape) Somewhere in America, a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice

What is the R.A.D System

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women, which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

Our courses are taught by a certified R.A.D. instructor and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. The R.A.D. System of Physical Defense Program is currently taught at many Colleges and Universities. The growing, wide-spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

Finally, a Physical Defense Program for women that:

  • Maintains standards of acceptability for female self-defense programs
  • Offers no-nonsense, practical techniques of defense
  • Researches the effects of "The Fight or Flight Syndrome"
  • Offers advanced, self-defense courses that build upon the physical defense system
  • Provides static, fluid and dynamic hands on training
  • Provides students with a comprehensive Reference Manual
  • Certified Instructors
  • Boasts a litigation defense policy
  • Offers state of the art programs at no cost
  • Upholds a lifetime membership policy

For more information about R.A.D classes and to register for R.A.D. classes, email MSSU University Police Director Ken Kennedy

R.A.D. Program Coordinator/Instructor
University Police Department

Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO 64801

Telephone – 417-625-9741
Fax – 417-625-3503

Email: kennedy-k@mssu.edu

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