Check out our 2020 class schedule below!

PLEASE NOTE: To protect the health and safety of our communities, UAB has canceled all non-essential gatherings and events at this time. This includes RAD classes for the remainder of 2020. Community members are discouraged from holding events, meetings, or activities involving greater than 10 people if the gathering is not essential to ongoing operations.

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Program is a woman's self-defense and awareness training program developed by Larry Nadeau and his staff in Virginia. It is an internationally recognized, proactive, physical defensive tactics-training program provided to females around the nation. After much research and extended efforts, the UAB  Police & Public Safety Department adopted and is now routinely providing this program as a service to the female population  of the UAB community.

The R.A.D. System’s instructional objective is to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they become viable considerations to the woman who might be attacked. R.A.D. is a twelve-hour course, which is broken up into three, four-hour sessions offered during the evenings, or two, six-hour sessions offered on weekends. 

The students and aggressor are dressed in special protective gear during the simulation part of the training. This dynamic simulation empowers the women participants by teaching them the essentials of fighting back and fighting back effectively.

R.A.D. is offered all over the United States and Canada. All graduating R.A.D. students can return and practice their self-defense skills at any location where R.A.D. is offered.


If you have any questions concerning the RAD courses, please contact Ms. Wilda Baker at wildab@uab.edu or call 205-934-7705.