Penn State Harrisburg

Self-Defense Courses

Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange Program

The National Self-Defense Institute’s Self-Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange (S.A.F.E.) program introduces women to self-defense and to information intended to reduce the risk of exposure to violence. The introductory two-hour crime-victim prevention program aims to educate and train women to prevent sexually violent crimes and to help them avoid, escape, and survive assaults if they do occur. The course is taught by certified instructors on campus.

Rape Aggression Defense System

What is R.A.D.?

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women beginning with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. The R.A.D. System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

The R.A.D. Systems is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

12-Hour Basic Physical Defense Class

Session 1

Utilizing the R.A.D. student manual, students will be involved in a discussion of risk reduction strategies, date rape, continuum of survival, defensive strategies and the basic principals of defense. We also discuss the pros and cons of defensive weaponry, how to develop a defensive mindset, understanding offensive and defensive postures, recognizing vulnerable locations and utilizing personal weapons.

Session 2

Participating students will begin the process of hand on training. The techniques utilized by R.A.D. Systems are based on simple gross motor skills and are developed to the point that they become instinctual through repetition. Students will have the opportunity to use these techniques in dynamic impact training by striking padded equipment held by the instructors. All techniques target a single attacker.

Session 3

Participating students will continue to refine the skills previously learned with "practice, practice and practice." Students will then participate in "simulated assault" scenarios with R.A.D. instructors, who along with participants, wear state-of-the-art protective gear specifically designed for this training. Women have the opportunity to utilize their skills in a safe training environment.

Why R.A.D.?

Somewhere in America, a woman is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

With over 3500 Instructors certified and nearly 160,000 women trained, R.A.D. Systems is the country’s largest and fastest growing self-defense program for women and children.

The R.A.D. Systems curriculum is taught at over 400 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, and is the only self defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

R.A.D. is an international alliance of thousands of instructors united in offering practical options for responding to increasing acts of violence against women. We offer life-long opportunity for physical skill mastery provided through our trademark Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.

For more on R.A.D. visit the R.A.D. website.

Registration

For information about our local S.A.F.E. and R.A.D. programs contact programs coordinator Jennifer Allshouse at jua1@psu.edu or (717) 948 4333.