Self-Defense Classes

R.A.D. empowers you with information and skills to reduce your risk and protect yourself.

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class focuses on strategies to reduce a woman’s chance of being targeted for a crime, and on the physical skills they can use if they ever find themselves in a position where they need to defend themselves. It is a 12-hour course taught over four weeks, generally in the early evening on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

It is open to all people who identify as a woman, but preference is given to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign students, faculty and staff.

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Keep an eye out for these upcoming classes:

  • February 2023: Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 — 5:30-8:30 p.m.

There is a registration fee of $25, but scholarships are available for those experiencing a hardship. Contact us to learn more.

What is R.A.D.?