Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)

Princeton University's Department of Public Safety in partnership with the S.H.A.R.E. office, is pleased to offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system of self defense classes. RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training RAD is not a Martial Arts program.

The RAD System of physical defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. The wide-spread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal deferability and unique teaching methodology. The Rape Aggression Defense System 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 knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about “the Flight or Fight Syndrome", while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective. Safety and survival in today’s world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

Our courses are taught by nationally certified RAD instructors and we provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. It is the key to RAD systems free lifetime return and practice policy for RAD graduates.

The Basic Self Defense course is 12 hours in length and typically taught in four, 3 hour classes. Classes are open to Princeton University students and local community members. Classes are FREE of charge but space is limited!

For more information about RAD Systems self defense courses, please see or e-mail    

Read more about RAD in the Daily Princetonian Article.


RAD taught me how to defend myself in many situations. I feel safer walking around the campus at night after taking RAD classes.

-Former RAD Student

RAD is a lot of fun! The instructors make every class interesting and interactive.”

-Former RAD Student

Meet your RAD instructors:

(From left: Security Officer Barbara Loman, Campus Police Officer Vicki Bozarth, Campus Police Officer Jeremy Sepulveda, Campus Police Officer Jason Vacirca;
in front: Sergeant Sean Ryder)

Safety Tips from RAD:

  • Use common sense.
  • Avoid walking alone or appearing distracted.
  • Learn the best routes between your residence hall and your classes and activities. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
  • Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system. It is always a good idea to use the buddy system or travel in groups of two or more.
  • When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Do not carry your passport, banking information or family details in your handbag, wallet, or vehicle. Do not save personal information on your mobile phone or laptop.
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
  • At night try to walk or run in well-lit, regularly traveled pathways.
  • Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you.
  • Use Tiger Transit after dark. After the shuttle buses have stopped running, call for a ride.  On-Demand service is available from 9:00pm-3:00am, call (609) 258-RIDE (8-7433, 7 days a week).  After 3am call Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 if you would like an escort home.
  • Report suspicious behavior, vehicles or activities to the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 or by using any Blue Light Emergency Phone located throughout campus.
  • Never take drinks from other people and don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Take your time in getting to know your companion or “date.” Don't spend time alone with someone who makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This means following your instincts and removing yourself from situations that you don't feel good about.