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Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)

Next Women's Basic Self-Defense Class

Dates for 2018:

  • April 9, 11, 16, 18
  • June 4, 6, 11, 13
  • October 8, 10, 15, 17

Registration Fee $20.00, includes manual and T-shirt. The class is from 6PM-9PM each day. To register, you can either pay by phone at (319) 384-2797 or come in person to the University of Iowa Police Department located at the basement level of the University Capitol Centre (aka the Old Capitol Mall). Card or check only, no cash.


R.A.D. is the nation's largest self-defense course. R.A.D. is taught at over 1400 colleges and universities, private, municipal, state and federal agencies by more than 6,000 instructors. The R.A.D. approach to personal safety education embodies a practical blend of threat avoidance strategies and real-world assault resistance. Classes are divided by gender identities because the strategies, tactics, and goals differ and there is some personal contact during the training. More information can be found at the RAD Systems website.

More Information

Please contact Officer Gabby Blanchard-Manning at:


Twelve-hour course available to all students, faculty and staff.

Those not affiliated with the University of Iowa are also welcome to join these classes.


  • Learn about helpful resources and support available in your local community.
  • Learn bystander intervention skills.
  • Improve situational and self awareness.
  • Learn various tools to deter, deescalate, and resist physically threatening situations.

Course Options

Basic Self Defense:

Twelve-hour course broken into 3 or 4 segments that combines instruction and participation in self-defense techniques and simulations.

Aerosol Defense Options:

Four-hour course for graduates of Basic Self Defense, eight hours for non-graduates. This version discusses Pepper Spray and Mace.

Keychain/Flashlight Defense:

Four-hour course for Basic Self-Defense graduates, eight for non-graduates. Course covers instructions on defense techniques with a mini-flashlight and gives the opportunity to participate in several simulations.