Physical Defense Classes for Women


rad color.png What would you do if you faced a violent or other dangerous situation? Would you run? Would you comply with your attacker's demands? Would you defend yourself? Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) is fundamental, hands-on training that teaches women how to protect themselves in the event of an attack. It combines classroom instruction on awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance along with basic hands-on defense tactics. Certified deputy RAD instructors teach the course. No two situations are the same, but you CAN develop a plan to help you survive an attack. After all, YOU are the one who is ultimately responsible for your personal safety.


The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Basic Physical Defense Program for Women is a FREE 12-hour course offered exclusively to women, 12 years of age and above. It is instructed by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and certified Deputies of Prince William County Sheriffs Office. Each session is broken down to four, 3-hour sessions. A variety of topics are covered, with an emphasis on the "4 Risks of Personal Safety", physical defense techniques, and responsibility in decision-making/ The techniques are practical self-defense tactics, easy to learn and use, make you more aware of awareness and avoidance strategies to reduce your risk of attack. For more information, visit the official RAD website.

Space is limited and slots fill up quickly. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact [email protected] or call 703 792 6070.

2024 Schedule below:

Session 1: May 21, 23, 29, & 31st. 6-9pm every night

Session 2: August 14, 16, 20, & 23rd. 6-9pm every night