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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

Summer 2023 RAD registration is now OPEN!

Session I: Fridays June 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 2-5pm. Location is TBA.

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

Registration for Fall 2023 is now open!
Session I:     Thursdays 6-9pm, August 31, September 7, 14, and 21      Location TBD
Session II:     Mondays 6-9pm, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6      Location TBD

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact officer Daniel Guilliams at 540-231-8123 or Corporal John Tarter at 540-231-6102.