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. for Men

Resisting Aggression with Defense is a comprehensive course for men designed to raise awareness of the impact of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts participants’ lives, encourage participants to take steps to avoid aggressive behavior, and to look at how individuals can be part of reducing aggression and violence. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program.  Certified R.A.D. Instructors teach our courses and provide students with a workbook/ reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. To find out how you can sign up for a R.A.D. class see "Registering for a R.A.D. class" below or contact the Crime Prevention Unit. 

Finally a violence prevention & basic self defense program for men that:

  • Is designed to empower men to make different decisions when confronted with aggressive behavior.
  • Educates men about their roles and responsibilities in reducing violence. 
  • Provides educational and physical options for men who find themselves in confrontational situations. 
  • Offers no-nonsense, practical techniques of defense.
  • Provides realistic and dynamic hands on training. 
  • Provides students with a comprehensive reference manual. 
  • Grants all students a lifetime free return and practice policy.  

 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.

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.



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 classes (men's and women's) have 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 to Women?

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