Rape Aggression Defense Program

Basic Information

The Rape Aggression Defense Program is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The Department of Public Safety hosts these programs throughout the academic year. RAD is NOT a martial arts program. 

Our courses are taught by certified RAD instructors Officer Nicholas Greenway and Detective Sergeant Tim Jacobs.

The RAD System of Physical Defense is taught at many colleges and universities across the nation and has been offered at FSU for many years. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of the tactics.

The RAD System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective self-defense tactics. This system of realistic defense will provide a woman 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, which is supported by research. We educate women about the Flight or Fight 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.

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.

 Class Information

  • Twelve (12) Hours of COMMITTED time.
  • This program is FREE!
  • RAD programs are either:
    • Held once a week for three weeks during mornings or evenings;
    • Held during the weekend on a Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday rotation.
  • Class size is limited to 20-25 participants. Subsequent classes may be scheduled to fit the demand for the program throughout the academic year.
  • The program is on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis. Prospective participants must sign up by contacting the department.
  • The class is open to female students, female faculty/staff and female members of the community.
  • All participants will be issued a RAD Manual for Reference and continuous personal growth.
  • Please contact Detective Sergeant Tim Jacobs, Officer Nick Greenway, or Dispatch Specialist Dylan Tantalo for more information. Contact information can be found here.

National Crime Statistics

  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault/rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape).
  • College age women are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted.