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  • Rape Aggression Defense

    RAD is a comprehensive, women-only self-defense course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a Martial Arts program, but instead focuses on a woman's natural abilities to defend herself.

    Since 2008, the MSUM Department of Public Safety has taught free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes to our female students, staff, and faculty. We were the first school in the FM area to offer this program, and since it's inception, several dozen of our female students and faculty have attended.

    RAD draws from a combination of different martial arts and fighting systems to develop physical techniques that are both easy to learn and remember and also effective when used in real life, high stress situations. RAD students are able to put their skills to practical use, through simulation training with a trained aggressor. Along with learning physical techniques, RAD students will discuss topics such as date rape, domestic violence, stalking, on-line safety, self defense and the law, and the use of pepper spray and other personal weapons. MSUM's certified RAD instructors hope to not only empower their students with the confidence needed to defend themselves physically, but also to develop in them an all-around mindset of personal safety in their daily lives. The classes are completely free to female students, faculty and staff, and are private and confidential. The program is suitable for women of all ages and abilities.

    Summer 2016 Classes

    We're happy to announce that we plan on instructing a Summer RAD course! Pending class sizes, the course will be taught in three sessions. The sessions will be held at the following times:

    • 5/26/16 from 6:30pm-10pm
    • 6/2/16 from 6:30pm-10pm
    • 6/9/16 from 6:30pm to 10pm

    All women are welcome to register for the free course. We're happy to instruct MSUM employees, students, and members of the community!  

    To sign-up or learn more, please email

  • "It's a Fact"

    • Did you know that in over 75% of college rapes, alcohol was consumed by the perpetrator, the victim, or both?
    • Did you know that fewer than 5% of victims report their sexual victimization to law enforcement officials.
    • Did you know that about 13% of female undergraduates face stalking incidents each school year, with the stalker being known to them four out of five times?
    • Did you know that most crimes against students (93%) occur off campus, 72% of which occur at night?
    • Did you know that over 75% of victims know their attacker?
    • Did you know that 1 out of 6 women have been the victim of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime?
    • And did you know that in many cases, women were able to resist being raped by using physical defense techniques?

    Contact Us

    For further information and to sign up for the next class, please contact our team at You may also call 218.477.2449 and ask to speak with a RAD instructor.