RAD – Rape Aggression Defense

Could You Effectively Defend Yourself If Attacked?

The Hooksett Police Department can help you to be safe.

What is R.A.D.?

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques.

It is a comprehensive course for women, which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training.

R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. 

The R.A.D. System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. 

Certified R.A.D. instructors teach the course and provide you with a workbook/reference manual.

The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

Finally, a physical defense program for women that:

  • Has established the standard for female self-defense programs
  • Offers no-nonsense, practical techniques of defense
  • Researched the effects of “The Fight or Flight Syndrome”
  • Offers advanced self-defense courses that build upon the physical defense system
  • Provides realistic and dynamic hands on training
  • Provides students with a comprehensive reference manual
  • Certifies Instructors from the community
  • Offers students a lifetime membership

Course Description

Twelve Hour Basic Physical Defense Class

Session 1

Students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, the continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principles of self-defense.

Also discussed is 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.

Session 2

Participating students will begin the process of hands on training based on simple gross motor skills and  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 held by the instructors.  All techniques target a single attacker.

Session 3

Participating students will continue to refine the skills previously learned through practice.

Session 4

Students will have the opportunity to utilize their skills through “simulated assault” scenarios with R.A.D. instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training.


For more information about our R.A.D. program, please contact one of our R.A.D. instructors.

Sergeant Valerie Lamy

Dispatcher Katy Flynn