Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)


The Facts About Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is the sexual abuse, fondling, and/or touching of a person in areas of the body considered private, against her or his will, by force, threats, and/or intimidation. Rape is sexual intercourse with a person against her/his will through force, threats, and/or intimidation. »Info

What is the R.A.D. System?

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System is designed to help women become more aware of the possible dangers that can develop at anytime. It teaches them to prevent, reduce and avoid high risk situations. R.A.D provides effective, yet basic options that allow women to feel confident about their own self-defense. »Info

What does the System teach?

It is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of attacks. The system is thorough and will provide the necessary skills to make a confident and educated decision about defense. Our courses are taught by a certified R.A.D. Instructor, and all students are provided with a workbook/reference manual. »Info

Where can I learn the System?

R.A.D. Systems is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. It is growing at a rapid pace due to its simplicity, effectiveness and flexibility. It demonstrates a unique teaching methodology with solid research. The Public Safety Department will start teaching R.A.D. in winter quarter 2000.

How should one act if attacked?

We operate on the premise that a violent attack will stimulate a natural reaction of resistance. We use this natural reaction and build upon that with our "The Flight or Fight Syndrome". This system is designed to show them that acquiring defensive skills is not only prudent but necessary if natural resistance is to be effective.

What should I do if I or someone I know has been attacked?

Many survivors of sexual assault don't know where to turn for help or what to do. You may be afraid or ashamed to talk to anyone, or want to act as though nothing has happened. If you've been assaulted, get help quickly. Contact Campus Safety, 408.554.4441.

What can I do to protect myself?

In order to increase your safety, there are many precautions you can take. Whether you are with acquaintances, going to your car, or walking alone, be aware of your surroundings. It's a good idea to know your defenses, to have a plan to defend yourself at all times, and to be alert, even when you are at home. »Info.

Community Resources Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotlines

MidPeninsula YWCA Rape Crisis Center 415.493.7500
YWCA Rape Crisis Center 408.287.3000
South County Rape Crisis Center 408.779.2115

Santa Clara County

For class information, please contact Charli Colhour. »Email

District Attorney's Main Office                  408.299.7500
North County (Palo Alto) Office 415.328.1173
South County Office 408.686.3600

Campus Safety