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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

Interested in Fall 2024 RAD for Women? Check back soon! Dates will be posted in July 2024. 

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

RAD for Women - Summer 2024 session is now closed. 

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