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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


Both of VTPD's Spring 2021 RAD sessions are currently full.

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

The Summer 2021 Faculty/Staff RAD class will be held on Tuesdays May 25th, June 1st and June 8th from 2-5pm.

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