Specialized Rape Defense Training Focuses On Self-Defense For Women


RAD Training is not your basic self-defense course.

“RAD stands for Rape Aggression Defense, and the philosophy behind it is defense against abduction,” explained Officer Cassandra Shaffer with the Ohio State University Police Department.

Shaffer says RAD trains instructors to better understand how to teach self-defense moves that are geared specifically for women.

"Knowing and understanding the different things that women have to do to survive, and the fact that it's not muscle versus muscle, that it's all technique for women,” she said.

OSU officers say they wanted RAD training for several reasons.

The growing female population on campus is one. Increased crime in the neighborhoods surrounding campus is another.

Police say it is important for everyone to learn the right moves.

“I've heard stories that students came back and went through the class again,” said Officer Mark Sandbrink.

Sandbrink says as a father of a teenage girl, becoming one of OSU's 10 RAD instructors helps him give back to the community.

“I know there have been students, 13-14 to women in their 70s, that want to take this class,” he said.

Seniors, men and even children can also take the course.

The OSU officers will join 11,000 RAD Instructors around the country, helping people protect themselves, one kick at a time.

The RAD course at Ohio State begins next Tuesday, and it takes five weeks.

You can get more information, including course times at the Ohio State Police website.