The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) offers free classes, training women in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). RAD is a simple yet effective program of self-defense designed for women on university and college campuses. The program teaches realistic self-defense movements that do not require special skills, years of practice or any particular level of fitness.
In 2008, then Officer Gloria Galloway (now a commander) came to her supervisor with a request. She had been a RAD instructor at her previous agency and wished to get re-certified and implement a RAD program at the UW. UW Tacoma already had a RAD program but the UW in Seattle did not. The UWPD approved her request and purchased the necessary equipment, including an Aggressor Suit for Simulation Training, also known as a RedMan Suit (due to its bright red color).
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.
RAD Registration is available online. The next classes will be offered Fall 2014, so please check back during the summer for class dates and times. For more information or to confirm registration for a class section, contact Sherri Vansickle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.543.0507.
Comments from 2013 RAD Class participants:
“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.”
“I’m so glad I got to do it and I wish all of my friends could take it.”
“I learned a ton and feel empowered to defend myself.”