Rape Aggression Defense Systems Class (R.A.D.)


The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques 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/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:

  •  Minimum age of 16 years old
  • Live and/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 serve basis.  Applicants will be contacted as training dates become available.  Applications can be subbmited directly through this website by completing the online form below.  Please contact Training Officer James Nemphos (203) 271-5560 (jnemphos@cheshirect.org) with any questions.


A corner stone of the RAD philosophy is ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of all participants interested in this program.  Women of all ages and backgrounds participate in this program for a variety of reasons.  Many times concerns of personal safety are as a result of domestic situations, personal experiences or unwanted attention.  Any information submitted will remain confidential and secure by Cheshire Police Department personnel.


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Last updated on Monday, February 06, 2017