Norwell Police Department

Massachusetts 02061    781-659-7979

RAD Adult Basic Physical Defense Course

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 Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system is a Basic Physical Defense Course. RAD was founded in 1989 by a former U.S. Marine and Campus Police Officer. The course is taught at over one thousand Colleges, Universities and Police Departments nationwide. Over 250,000 women nationwide have taken this course.

RAD is a program of realistic self defense tactics and techniques for woman. The RAD system is a comprehensive, woman only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance while progressing on to the basic of hands on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program and you do not need any previous experience in self defense. The class emphasizes awareness as well as defense; therefore it addresses the threat from both a stranger and an acquaintance perspective.The instructional objective of RAD "is to develop and enhance the options of self-dense so they become viable options to the woman who is attacked." 

This course is taught over four (4) nights, three (3) hours per night. The first part of class focuses on lecture where you will be given a workbook/reference material which outlines the entire program. The second part is devoted to confrontation options in various types of situations and how and why to make a decision to resist or not. The last section continues with dynamic simulations. This is the practical part where instructors will wear a specially designed "RAD aggressor suit" and pose as an attacker and students apply what they have learned during previous classes. The suit enables the student to apply full power to defend against the attack. It also gives the woman a chance to see themselves as being effective in a confrontational situation.

The Norwell Police Department has three Officers that are RAD Certified: for Sgt. Jay McDevitt, Sgt. Ronald Fries, Officer Jeffrey Johnson and Officer Nate Morena. If you need more information or to sign up please contact those officers at 1-781-659-7979. For registration forms, please visit our website at and follow the R.A.D. links.

The class is free of charge and you can attend classes again in the future.

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Norwell Police Department

   300A Washington Street
  Norwell, Massachusetts  02061