(R.A.D.) Training

"To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so that they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked."

--Larry Nadeau, Founder and Executive Director of R.A.D. Systems


R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Training for UVM Women
Fall 2018

A self-defense course is being offered through UVM Police Services for all UVM women. It is a 12-hour course (held in four 3-hour sessions) designed to empower women, teach valuable defense skills, physical confrontation skills, and how to take control for yourself. You will learn how to use your mind, your voice and your body in this course.

The first 3-hour class is lecture style to disseminate information regarding crime awareness and prevention. The next two 3 hour classes are focused on physical self-defense techniques. The final class is a review of the self-defense techniques and simulation (optional) which consist of scenarios allowing the students to use their skills.

Enrollment is Free but REQUIRED

Class enrollments will be a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 participants.

There will be no RAD course Spring 2019 due to availability of RAD Instructors. 

How to Enroll

To enroll please send an email to UVMRAD@list.uvm.edu.

If you’d like to speak with one of the RAD instructors: Bill Sioss, Hilary Messier, Liz Felicciardi, or Sue Roberts directly, you can phone UVM Police at 802-656-3473.

What is R.A.D.?

Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D.) is the largest women's only self defense program in North America with over 2,000 instructors who have trained over 80,000 women. R.A.D. is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self defense tactics. In addition there are discussions about avoidance techniques through self awareness, prevention and risk reduction.

R.A.D. Class Breakdown

Each Program is broken into 3 sessions:

Session 1:

Using the R.A.D. student manual we discuss risk reductions strategies, date rape mentality, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and basic principals of defense. Also the development of a defensive mind set, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and identification of personal weapons.

Session 2:

Students will begin the hands on training. The techniques are simple gross motor skills which are developed through repetition so that the techniques can be recalled in a time of need. Students are given the opportunity to practice the techniques versus striking pads.

Session 3:

Students continue to work on techniques in preparation for the "Simulated Assault." Each student is given the opportunity to participate in a number of "Simulated Assaults" versus a well-padded attacker. These "Simulated Assaults" are based on real life scenarios that take place at 100% full contact versus the attacker.

Contact R.A.D. instructors below to schedule you place in a class.

Reasons to Take the R.A.D. Training Course

  • 1 out of every 4 women polled was sexually assaulted during four years at college. (Ms. Magazine Study of Sexual Assault and Rape)
  • According to the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics between 1973 and 1987 over 2.3 million women reported sexual assaults in the United States. 71% of these survivors avoided being raped by taking self-protective measures.


Tips for Personal Safety

As long as we have rape in our society, there will be a need for women to do what we can to protect ourselves and be safe. In most cases, rape on a college campus occurs between people who know each other. Rapes usually happens in the home of the victim or perpetrator, and very often drugs or alcohol have been used by the perpetrator and or victim. Rape is NEVER the victim's fault. The following ideas are here to help people be safe. Nothing is guaranteed to keep you safe, but using common sense, paying attention to "inner voices" or gut feelings and being smart about your personal safety can help keep you safe.

In order for a crime to occur, there must be a victim, a perpetrator, AND an opportunity. The following tips are designed to remove opportunity:

  •  90% of self-defense education is about knowing RISKS. Be aware of risks, recognize risks, reduce and avoid risks.
  • Maintain sobriety. Men will rape women who are intoxicated, and it is MUCH easier to reduce your risk by being sober.
  • Watch the drug / alcohol use of dates. Intoxication can bring out the worst.
  • Watch your drinks! "Date rape drugs" such as Rohypnol, are real. They incapacitate victims and create amnesia.
  • Communicate clearly with dates. Body language may seem perfectly clear to you, but not to your date. Assert yourself firmly, and be very aware of anyone who tries to talk you into something you're not comfortable with.
  • Listen to your "gut feeling." Instincts are very important.
  • Avoid pairing off with someone at party to be alone in a room. Rapes often occur with loud parties going on in the same building.
  • Avoid anyone who doesn't respect your caution, and your limits.

In relation to general safety from crimes perpetrated by strangers or acquaintances:

  • Try "casing" your own home. How easy would it be to break in if you wanted to?
  • Close drapes and shades in the evening.
  • Use good outdoor lighting
  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed so no one can hide behind them.
  • Keep doors locked, use a deadbolt. Consider a one way peep hole.
  • When someone knocks, ask who it is before you open the door. Check and verify all professionals, including police
  • Keep windows locked.
  • Keep phone close by at night in the event of nighttime emergencies.
  • If you return home from being out and something seems out of the ordinary, call the police and have them enter first.
  • Look in the windows of a car before you get in.
  • If you think you are being followed, DON"T GO HOME; go to populated areas, or better yet right to the police.
  • Carry keys in your hand with one finger through the key chain so you won't drop them if you are startled suddenly.
  • Avoid walking alone at night as much as possible.
  • If you are being followed on foot, yell, "STOP! NO! GET BACK! Stay away from me!" as apposed to screaming.

Contact UVM Police Services' R.A.D. Team

Officer Sue Roberts

Officer Bill Sioss

Detective Liz Felicciardi

Dispatcher Hilary Messier