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April 15, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Category: Training
Location: Police Department (Public Safety) | Map
6050 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: $20
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The May 2019 Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Basic class will be held on two successive Monday and Wednesday evenings - May 13, 15, 20 and 22, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm each day.

All RAD classes will be held at the Wayne State University Police Department, located at 6050 Cass Avenue at Burroughs, two blocks north of the Ford/I-94 freeway.

The RAD system is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. Husbands, boyfriends or other males will not be allowed to attend or view this "for women only" training.

The RAD System is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance while progressing on to the basics of hands-on self-defense. The RAD program is taught nationwide and its widespread acceptance is primarily due to the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of RAD tactics, solid research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology.

Our Basic RAD course is open to girls and women of all ages. In fact, graduates of our past R.A.D. classes ranged in age from 10 years old to 74 years of age. Over 1,500 women have attended our Basic RAD classes since the RAD program came to the WSUPD in late 1999. Come find out why this RAD Basic Women's Self Defense class is so popular with our students and staff.

In the RAD Basic Self Defense class, you learn how to effectively use the ten personal weapons you have on your person at all times. These ten "personal weapons" can not be taken away from you and they can not be used against you. You will learn how to use these personal weapons effectively and efficiently to defeat an assailant - even someone physically larger and stronger than you.

In lieu of Simulations on the fourth night (Thursday, April 18, 2019) we will be holding a RAD Aerosol Defense Options class. This class will run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In the Aerosol Defense Options class, you will learn the different types of self-defense sprays, the pros & cons of each, the most realistic methods for accessing, deploying and assisting the aerosol chemical self-defense spray; and if it fails to work (and it may), learn the proven backup strategies needed for successful escape. You will also practice self-defense spray application techniques.

NOTE: WSU students, staff and faculty members may also attend with, or enroll, one non-WSU woman as their guest. This would include non-WSU spouses, partners, girlfriends, moms and female siblings.

Daughters and siblings 12 to 16 years of age are welcome to attend the RAD training program once a parent signs a Parental Consent Form. Because of the subject matter content, we highly recommend that the minor female attends the RAD course with a female parent or older female sibling.

The RAD course costs only $20.00 per participant for the four-session class. Payment is required at time of registration. Sorry, but we do not have the equipment for electronic swipe card payments We can accept cash or checks, payable to 'Wayne State University Police'.

You must register in advance to ensure your enrollment.

Class schedule

  • Monday, April 15, 2019, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Aerosol Defense Options)


For more information about this event, please contact Lt. Scott at 313-577-6064 or