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Staying Safe on Campus

East Tennessee State University

Self Defense

Miconost physical assaults can be avoided using risk reduction techniques; however no one is totally immune from possibly becoming victimized by assault. All individuals should learn prevention and basic physical defense skills.

ETSU R.A.D. Courses
The ETSU Department of Public Safety offers Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.) courses. Core R.A.D. courses are available to women only. 

The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) system is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The program is a comprehensive course for women that begin with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing on the basics of hands-on defensive training and the use and power of words. This program is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. The manual outlines the entire defense program for continuous personal growth. The R.A.D. program is currently being taught throughout the United States and Canada in over 450 colleges, police departments, military bases, women's centers, rape crises centers, and several independent locations. The course is growing with wide spread acceptance due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of the tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching.

This program is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, 
effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

  • The 2004 National Crime Victimization Survey estimated that over 209,000 women were victims of actual or attempted rape or sexual assault. In over 73% of the cases women took some self-protective measures, and these measures proved helpful in over 65% of the time.
  • Every 2 minutes someone in America is sexually assaulted.
  • About 3% of college women experience a completed and/or attempted rape during a typical college year.
  • 1 out of 6 American women has been or will be a victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • Approximately 66% of raped women knew their assailant.
  • A female attending their first year in college is 3 times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault.

Course Description
This is a 12hr Basic Physical Defense class that utilizes the R.A.D. manual where 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 discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.

Students that participate will begin the process of hands on training. The techniques used by R.A.D. are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition. Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment. All techniques simulate a single attacker.

Students will be introduced to ground defense techniques and will continue to refine skills previously learned with "PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and PRACTICE".
Students will also participate in "simulated assault" scenarios at full contact with instructors while all very well protected. Women have this opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.

 R.A.D. Course Registration

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