Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems Class

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques designed for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program.

Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook and reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates. The cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion, and self defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Female at least 16 years old.

  • Must live or work in Cheshire, CT

There are no minimum physical requirements to participate in the Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D.) class. You will not be asked to do anything that you do not wish to do. The first class will be held in the Cheshire Police Department’s Training Room. Locations for the remaining classes will be given during the first class. Each class is approximately 2 ½ hours in length. The class is FREE of cost to attendees and enrollment is limited to 14 students on a first come, first served basis. Applicants will be contacted as training dates become available.

Applications can be obtained at Cheshire Police Headquarters or submitted online through the application below. Information submitted will remain confidential.

Any questions can be directed to:
Sgt. Cara Fortier
203-271-5500 (x7304)
[email protected]


RAD Application

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