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RAD – Rape Aggression Defense

The Western Carolina University Police Department is dedicated to promoting the safety and security of its residents with teamwork, cooperation, and by providing programs designed to enhance personal safety.

RAD Program Training

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self- defense tactics and techniques and is the nation’s largest self-defense program offered. RAD is taught at over 1,400 colleges and universities, private, municipal, state and federal agencies by over 6,000 instructors. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program.


Our courses are taught by certified RAD instructors (sworn and nonsworn) and provide a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth.

The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many Colleges and Universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology. The RAD Systems is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.


To request a R.A.D. program, please use the link below


Rape Aggression Defense Program Request

For more information about the R.A.D. Program, please contact Sergeant Brittany Thompson at 828-227-3204. 

Email Sergeant Brittany Thompson

Options for taking R.A.D


RAD Express is our most commonly requested RAD program. It lasts approximately an hour and is open to males and females. RAD Express includes discussions on awareness and risk reduction followed by a self-defense component.

 RAD 9-12 hour

The RAD 9 or 12-hour course includes lecture, discussion, and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. Upon completion of the course, RAD provides a free lifetime return and practice policy, honored worldwide. The 12-hour course provides women with an opportunity to use their new techniques in a series of practical, controlled simulation exercises.

PE 120

PE 120 is an academic health class offered through WCU for academic credit.

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