The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System is a program offered to female students and employees at Virginia Tech.

The four-part course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. Participants learn self-defense tactics and techniques.

The free course is taught by Virginia Tech Police Department officers and is offered several times a year.

Upcoming Session

Fall 2016: The fall 2016 session is full.

Spring 2017: Two sessions will be offered in spring 2017.

  • Session I (Meets Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23)
  • Session II (Meets Feb. 28 and March 14, 21, and 28).

Classes meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Residence Life Community Resource Officer space, on the first floor of Dietrick Hall. There is an exterior entrance on the east side of the building.

To register, fill out the online application, or contact officers Daniel Guilliams at 540-231-8123 or John Tarter at 540-231-6102.


330 Sterrett Drive (0523)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


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