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Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D. for Women)

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 Sessions

Registration for Spring 2024 is now OPEN!
Session I: Mondays 6-9pm, Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, and 12
Session II: Tuesdays 6-9pm, March 26, April 2, 9, and 16

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Corporal John Tarter at

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Stay tuned for Summer 2024 RAD session dates!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Corporal John Tarter at 540-231-6102.