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Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)

imageR.A.D. Systems is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progression on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. This system is dedicated to teaching women defense concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial art tactics. This system of realistic defense will provide women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. The course consists of a total of 12 hours.

The class is FREE and includes the basic student manual.
Email for more information or to sign up:

Tanya.Merten@merrimack.edu

Why R.A.D.?

Did you know?

  • In 1988, rape victims used self-protective measures in 86.7% of the cases. “Rape victims were more likely to defend themselves than assault or robbery victims” (Criminal Victimization in the United States, 1988).

  • 1 out of 3 women can expect to be sexually assaulted in their lifetime (Cohen, A., Become Street wise, 1988).

  • Every 21 hours, there is a rape on a college campus (USA Today, 7-part Campus Crime Series, 1990).

  • In 1999, over 3000sexual assaults were reported to Massachusetts rape crisis centers.

  • U.S. Dept. of Justice statistics show that women in the 16-19 year-old age group and the 20-24 year-old age groups are the two age groups most vulnerable to being raped or sexually assaulted (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 1998).

  • 1 out of 12 college males admits to acts legally defined as rape or attempted rape (Mademoiselle, Out of Bounds, May 1991).

  • 1 out of every 4 college women polled was sexually assaulted during four years at college (Ms. Magazine Study on Sexual Assault and Rape).

  • 1.3 women are raped each minute in the United States (National Victims Center Report, 1992).

  • National Violence Against Women survey (1995/1996) estimates that 17.6% of U.S. female population will be the victim of rape or attempted rape sometime in their lifetime (Dept. of Justice Sourcebook, 1998)

 
Don’t Be Victimized By Fear

“In fact, the most often used strategy for avoiders (of rape) appears to have been a combination of screaming and use of physical resistance.” (Bart, P. & O’Brien, P. (1985). Stopping Rape: Successful Survival Strategies. Pergamon Press, new York.)

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 options 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.

 IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN RAPED

  • Get to a Safe Place.

  • Call Police

  • DO NOT shower bathe, or change your clothing.

  • In case of a stranger rape, give as much detail as possible to responding Officers.

  • On responding, the officers first concern will be your safety.

  • All details of the assault will be confidential.

  • You will be transported in an unmarked car to a local hospital for treatment, examination and physical evidence collection.

 

Department Contacts:

Officer Tanya Merten
RAD Instructor
mertent@merrimack.edu

Lieutenant David Cook
RAD Instructor
cookd@merrimack.edu

Chief Michael DelGreco
RAD Instructor
delgrecom@merrimack.edu