UM-Flint is hosting the Rape Aggression Defense program for women.
UM-Flint is hosting the Rape Aggression Defense program for women.

The renowned Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System — a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques for women — is coming to the University of Michigan at Flint.

According to, the program is offered multiple times a year and runs for four weeks. Classes will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday nights in the Tuscola Room of the William S. White Building.

During the class, students will initially be taught lessons in prevention, risk reduction and avoidance before advancing to hands-on self-defense training. All classes are taught by certified RAD instructors. Students are given a manual which outlines the whole program and can be used by students after the course ends.

The part of the program is scheduled for Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2. The second part will take place Oct. 9, 16, 23 and Nov. 6. To register, contact Gaye Stover at 810-762-3330.

“The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning,” a press release reads. “Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed.

“The R.A.D. system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. DPS RAD trainers will provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mindset.”

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