Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program

About RAD

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system 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.

Our Instructional Objective

"To develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked."

A typical Lebanon Police RAD class consists of 4, 3-hour classes. The first session is classroom-oriented in nature and used as a building block for the program. The second and third sessions are hands‐on, practical instruction in physical tactics to use if attacked. The last session is a simulation where participants use the tactics on a person wearing a "red suit" so the person can fully practice what she has learned.

Common Questions

Q. Do I need any prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?
A. No. This program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training. We believe R.A.D. is a valuable experience to train women in tactics to help protect themselves.

Q. Is there an age requirement?
A. Participants must be at least 13-years-old. Women ages 13-17 will need parental permission to participate.

Q. What is the cost?
A. The RAD Course is free to participants.

Q. What should I wear to the classes?
A. We recommend participants wear some form of athletic pants and T-shirt, and comfortable athletic sneakers. It is important that the clothing be well-fitting, breathable active wear.

Q. Do I have to attend all four classes?
A. Yes. The classes are sequential and build upon what you learn in the previous class, so it is important to attend all of them.


If you would like to participate in an upcoming class or be added to a list to be notified of any upcoming classes, please complete our R.A.D. Registration form

You may also contact Administrative Assistant Carli Maruca at 603-448-8800 or Carli.Maruca@LebanonNH.gov.

Next Session

  • 1st Class: Monday, November 8, 2021 6pm-9pm 
  • 2nd Class: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 6pm-9pm
  • 3rd Class: Thursday, November 11, 2021 6pm-9pm
  • Final Class: Saturday, November 13, 2021 6pm-9pm
R.A.D. Participant Photo

Our Instructors

  • Officer Nicholas Alden
  • Sgt. Garrett Hubert
  • Brande Wood
  • Shelby Hammond 
  • Mandi Potter
  • Jessica Meyers
RAD August 2017 Class

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