Rape Aggression Defense Program

RAD classThe Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program taught by HUPD officers empowers female students, faculty, and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing them with realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This empowerment is taught through four basic principles: education, dependency on self, making one’s own decisions, and realization of one’s own power. The objective of RAD is to develop and enhance self-defense options for women. The course, which consists of four, 4-hour classes, begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. The classes provide women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance. 

In addition to the full RAD course the HUPD also offers an Introduction to RAD course.  The Intro Course is a one session course that for approximately 2 hours long and is open to 15-35 students.

"Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, I had to use my RAD skills this semester. While traveling through Paris with my friend, we were approached by a man who propositioned us for sex. When we turned to walk away he followed us, which was when my RAD skills were put to use. I screamed at him to leave us alone, but while my back was turned he grabbed my friend by the hood and simultaneously tried to pull her into his apartment and unzipped his fly. I ran up screaming at him to let her go, and hit and kicked him until he did.

I'm positive that RAD training made the difference that enabled me to react quickly. This guy was so shocked that I fought back, especially so vocally, that after we fought for a little while he let her go.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. RAD may have saved my life in Paris and the life of my friend. I know that without practice in RAD class I would not have had the courage or the skills to kick, scream, and fight back. So thank you." - Harvard College student

Classes are open only to female students, faculty, and staff, but the HUPD would also be happy to host a class for men or general safety class open to all and all topics of concern. In order to successfully complete the course, students are required to attend all four classes.

To sign up for one of the courses below click on the link under each course.


Dudley House - Common Room

  • September 22, 29, October 6 from 6pm-10pm


Shad Hall – South Studio

  • October 11, 18, 25 from 5:30p-9:30p

Malkin Athletic Center – Fitness Room 2    

  • November 5, 12, 19 from 1pm-5pm  


Longwood – location TBD    

  • February 6, 13, 20 from 4pm-8pm    


Hemenway Gymnasium – Multi-purpose room

  • February 18, 25, March 4 from 1pm-5pm     


Malkin Athletic Center – Fitness Room 2    

  • April 4, 6, 11, 13 from 5pm-8pm      

Introduction to RAD

  • Malkin Athletic Center - Fitness Room 2 - Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 4pm-6pm        

  • Malkin Athletic Center - Fitness Room 2 - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 4pm-6pm

  • Hemenway Gymnasium - Multi-purpose room - Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 12pm-2pm

  • Longwood  - Bray Room at HIM -Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 12pm-2pm 

  • Shad Hall – South Studio - Tuesday, November 08, 2016 from 11am-1pm

  • Shad Hall – South Studio - Sunday, February 07, 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm

  • Malkin Athletic Center - Fitness Room 2 - Monday, March 07, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

  • Malkin Athletic Center - Fitness Room 2 - Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 4pm-6pm

  • Shad Hall – South Studio - Intro to self-defense (open to all) - Monday, February 15, 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm 

For more information about the course please contact the RAD Coordinator at hupdradcoordinator@hupd.harvard.edu or visit: www.rad-systems.com.