Rape Aggression Defense System

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. 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.

R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.

Free Return Policy
The Orono Police Department offers R.A.D. self-defense for women in our community free of charge. Once a woman has graduated from the class, she becomes a lifetime member. Once completed, she can go anywhere in the United States and Canada where R.A.D. is offered and attend a class for free, providing that there is room in the class. She can attend the entire course or just a simulation to brush up on her techniques.

Basic Physical Defense


This class can be given in either 9 or 12 hour courses. The 12 hour course consists of the 9 hour course objectives with an added 3 hours for simulation training. Classes will most likely be held two consecutive weeks, two nights per week. Plan on attending all four classes! Location will be held locally in Orono and will be determined when classes are scheduled.

The R.A.D. Instructor believes that self-defense should be easy to learn, easy to retain, and easy to employ during real confrontational situations. The R.A.D. Instructor believes that self-defense training should be accessible and affordable for all women and children. They believe their efforts to oppose violence will be more effective together, than as individuals. As a network, the R.A.D. Instructor can assist one another with programs, equipment, references, experiences and insight. Because of their commitment to the R.A.D. program, they are able to offer a free return policy.

Please contact Officer Sarah Angelo or Jessica Mason via email (oronorad@orono.org) if you have any general questions.

Our next class November 29, 30 and December 6, 7th 5:30-8:30 pm 
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