UW Police

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) offers free classes, training women in Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.). R.A.D. is a simple yet effective program of self-defense designed for women on university and college campuses. The program teaches awareness, risk reduction, and realistic self-defense movements which do not require special skills, years of practice or any particular level of fitness.

These R.A.D. training sessions have consistently received positive feedback due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of the tactics, and unique teaching methodology. The program continues to be offered for free to community members, including faculty, students, and staff as well as our neighbors in the University District.

As we continue to practice safe distancing, there will be no R.A.D. classes autumn quarter.  We will continue to follow campus-wide restrictions and hope to conduct R.A.D. classes in 2021 winter and spring quarters.  Please continue to check our website for updates and registration information.

For more information, contact the program administrator at raduwpd@uw.edu.

Post-registration forms: RAD Release Form and RAD Confidential Wellness Info Form

Informational flyer: RAD Flyer

Comments from former RAD Class participants:

“I feel so much more confident in my strength & abilities—Thank you!”

 “The simulation was really empowering and the info about calling 911/legality issues helped me a lot!  Thank you!”

 “Awesome course & loved the chance to practice in the simulations.”

“This class was awesome! I’ll be recommending it to everyone I know!”

“I loved the class and the attitude/enthusiasm by Gloria and Angela. Their positive/uplifting/motivating attitude helped make the class really fun.”

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.