What is R.A.D.?
What Will I Gain from a R.A.D program?
What is the R.A.D. curriculum?
Register for a R.A.D. Class
R.A.D. Systems


What is R.A.D.?

Rape Aggression Defense, with over 3,500 certified instructors and over 100,000 participants trained, R.A.D. Systems is the country’s largest and fastest growing self-defense program for women and children.

The R.A.D. Systems curriculum is taught at over 450 colleges and universities, police departments, local transit companies, military bases, women's centers, rape crisis centers, and independents across the United States and Canada.

Prepared by the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA), the course meets or exceeds all guidelines for choosing a self-defense program and is the only self-defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). To learn more about R.A.D., visit the R.A.D. Systems website.

 R.A.D. Class  

What Will I Gain from a R.A.D. Program?

  • No-nonsense, practical techniques of defense
  • An understanding of the "Fight or Flight Syndrome"
  • Dynamic, hands-on training
  • A comprehensive self-defense reference manual
  • A knowledge of aerosol defense & key-chain defense (semester-length classes only) 

For a complete course description, see the description of the 12-hour program below.

  CSUN PDs RAD Class

Registering for a R.A.D. class

R.A.D. is typically offered by CSUN as a semester length course for currently enrolled students during the fall and spring. All students can enroll in the 1-unit course. For more information on the semester length class and course number view our flyer HERE!.

A 12-hour class is open to the community. When course are being offered you can sign up here. Read more about the 12 hour class below. 

Course Description — 12-hour program

Hours 1-3. Utilizing the R.A.D student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of defense. We also discuss how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.

Hours 4-6. Participating students will begin the process of hands on training. The techniques utilized by RAD Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and, through repetition, are developed to the point of instinctual habit. Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.

Hours 7-9. Students will be introduced to ground defense techniques and will continue to refine the skills previously learned with "practice, practice, and practice."

Hours 10-12. Students will then participate in "simulated assault" scenarios at full contact with the RAD instructors, who wear state-of-the-art protective gear, specifically designed for this training. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment monitored by instructors.


The class is $10.00 for registered CSUN students, faculty and staff; $20.00 for outside community members. A "R.A.D. Student Manual" is included in the cost of the class.

R.A.D. graduates are also welcome to take advantage of R.A.D.’s lifetime practice and return policy-FREE of charge! 


radKIDS is the national leader in children's safety education and provides the only holistic, practical and realistic life skills safety program available for children and parents today. radKIDS teaches children individually in an activity based hands-on training classroom, which means every child participates in all activities.To learn more about our program and our classes, select the image below.


Do I need prior experience and/or be in top physical condition to participate?

No, the class is designed for all ages with no previous experience or background required.

How long is the R.A.D. program?

12 hours -­‐ 4 class sessions, 3 hours each class.
Class semester -­‐ 12 to 14 weeks (depending on the semester)

How many women have trained with the R.A.D. program?

Over 250,000 Nationwide. CSUN PD has offered R.A.D. classes for over 10 years. The semester-length class has been available to students since 2009. 

Where are the classes held and how often are they offered?

12 hour classes are held on campus from 5:30pm -­‐ 8:30pm at the Department of Police Services (Darby
Ave./Prairie St). Classes are typically scheduled once every year or as needed.

Semester classes are typically held in Redwood Hall every fall and spring semester.

I'm a mother of two daughters, can we all sign up and take the class?

YES! We highly encourage family and friends to take the RAD class together. It's a great experience and
a great way for mothers and daughters to build a strong bond.

Is R.A.D. Only Offered for Women?

No. R.A.D. Systems has curriculum specific classes for men, women and children. The CSUN PD currently has certified in each separate RAD course: R.A.D. for Women, RAD for Men and radKIDS.