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Programs - Rape Aggression Defense


Rape Aggression Defense, or R.A.D., is a self-defense program for women based on teaching simple techniques to improve personal safety. It was originated by Lawrence N. Nadeau, a 15 year veteran of law enforcement, using techniques taught in police work, and simplifying them so his 50-year old mother could successfully execute them.

UNI Police Officers act as instructors - both for academic and physical portions of the course. It is an opportunity to learn simple techniques that will allow you to avoid danger when possible or escape as a last option.

Why Should You Participate?

Studies of sexual assault victims and those who have avoided a sexual assault situation have repeatedly shown that when there is no resistance to attack, rape is inevitable. Those who have had at least some self-defense training are the most likely to avoid an attack, using a combination of screaming and physical resistance.

Who Can Participate?

R.A.D. is designed for women only. This is because women, especially those who have been victims of physical attack, may be uncomfortable working with a male partner. R.A.D. training also involves a certain amount of bodily contact, and it is believed women will be more comfortable working with other women as partners.

How to Start

Several classes are held during the Fall and Spring Semesters - Look for announcements in the Northern Iowan or contact Associate Director Milissa Wright at 273-2712.

Starting Spring 2003 Semester, check for the RAD classes being listed with Wellness-Recreation Services classes!

Check the WRS website or visit WRC 101 to register for upcoming classes.

Consider learning more about the campus-wide efforts to prevent violence against women.

UNI RAD Instructors

Officer A. Jennings
(319) 273-2712

Officer J. Dally
(319) 273-2712

For more information: Contact Associate Director Milissa Wright at the UNI Police Division - 3-2712 (on campus), inquire at 30 Gilchrist Hall, or visit the RAD Systems page at