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Get hands-on with defensive techniques in a RAD class from CUPD


The Clemson University Police Department offers Rape Aggression Defense classes, more commonly known as RAD. RAD is a national program that teaches women realistic self-defense tactics and techniques, covering awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance.

This course enables participants through hands-on training and teaches them how to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being. Nationally certified instructors provide students with information on physical and non-physical defense options as well as insight into the mindset of an attacker.

Why RAD?

RAD is the largest network of its kind, with more than 11,000 certified instructors to date. These instructors teach at various colleges, universities, municipal law enforcement agencies and other community organizations. Since the program began in 1989, RAD has trained more than 900,000 women.

This program is the only one with a free lifetime return and practice policy honored worldwide. RAD is the only self-defense program endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self-Defense Institute (NSDI), and Redman Training Gear.

How is the class organized?

  • The R.A.D. class is typically a nine-hour training course taught during a three-day period. Students must attend all classes to fulfill the hours required for the course.
  • Each student will receive a handbook on the first day of class that serves as a reference manual for techniques taught in the course. Students do not have to be in top physical shape or have any previous self-defense training.
  • The attack simulation portion of instruction is voluntary, students can still complete the class if they choose not to volunteer, but they must be present.

To request a class, fill out the Training and Outreach Request form on the CUPD website, email or call CUPD at 864-656-2222.