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

  • Spring 2018 R.A.D. Session I (Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27)
  • Spring 2018 R.A.D. Session II (Thursdays, Mar. 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5)

Classes meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Residence Life Resource Officer Community Center, 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.