The Office of Public Safety at Suffolk County Community College is pleased to announce
we are offering R.A.D. Self-Defense courses for our students, alumni, and staff on
each of our 3 campuses. The R.A.D., Rape Aggression Defense program was developed
in 1989 and is designed to teach women basic self-defense techniques to increase their
chances of escaping and surviving an assault. It is offered in police departments,
Public Safety offices, and schools throughout the country.
The classes are delivered by certified R.A.D. instructors in a relaxed, “go at your
own pace” format. The course philosophy emphasizes that Risk Awareness, Risk Reduction,
Risk Recognition, and Risk Avoidance is 90% of Self Defense Education. Classes are
comprised of instructional and physical components, including warm up exercises and
techniques such as punches, kicks, and other defensive maneuvers. Students participate
in approximately 9 course hours where they will learn through practice and repetition
the various skills to escape and survive.
Most importantly the course is designed to instill in participants a mindset to take
responsibility for their own personal safety.