R.A.D. Program

In an effort to educate female students in the area of self-defense, the Slippery Rock University Police Department provides women with the opportunity to attend the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program.

The Rape Aggression Defensive Systems is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assaults by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. The course provides women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance. R.A.D. courses are currently taught by certified instructors at over 400 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

The R.A.D. program is a comprehensive course designed solely for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance while progressing into the basics of hands-on defensive training. Classes are designed for all women, regardless of their physical fitness ability. That's because an attacker can target any woman, regardless of age or physical fitness ability.

Women who take the course will receive 12 hours of instruction which covers basic safety and self-defense skills and explores a defensive mindset. This system of realistic defense provides women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance. Realistic self-defense techniques are reviewed. These aren't kung fu moves, but techniques that are easy for any woman with physical fitness ability. That's why the class is so beneficial - it's basic.

To download the R.A.D. Program application, click here (DOCX format).

How to help a student who says they've been sexually assaulted

  • Make sure they are safe
  • Keep the information confidential
  • Accept their feelings
  • Be calm, sensitive and non-judgmental
  • Refer student to:
    • University Police - 724.738.3333
    • Women's Center Bridge Project - 724.738.2121
    • VOICe (Victim Outreach Intervention Center) Hotline - 800.400.8551
    • Student Counseling Center - 724.738.2034
    • Student Health Services - 724.738.2052
  • Offer to accompany student to an on-campus resource
  • Resist making decisions for the student; i.e., offer available resources but do not mandate a particular action

No one deserves to be assaulted.  Know that the effects can be overwhelming.  Feelings of guilt, fear and confusion are common.  There are many resources available to support you and help you explore your options.