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.
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.
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.
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.
Officer A. Jennings
Officer J. Dally
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 http://www.rad-systems.com.