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February 11, 2014

Q5: Stillwater goes R.A.D.

STILLWATER, Okla. — Leah Storm is an OSU Senior Police Officer and an instructor of R.A.D., Rape Aggression Defense system, a course offered by the OSU Police Department for the past 15 years. R.A.D. teaches women confidence, training and options needed to protect themselves in dangerous situations. Contact the OSU Police Department at 405-744-6523 for information on how to sign up for the next course.

1 What is the Rape Aggression Defense program?

The Rape Aggression Defense program is a women only self defense class set up to teach women to be aware of their surroundings and how to recognize, avoid, and defend themselves against a possible attack.

2 How does a R.A.D. course work?

The class is 12 hours in total length. It can be scheduled into segments over multiple days to meet the needs of the students. The most common arrangement is four classes, three hours in length to total 12 hours. The first nine hours are instructional and practice and the last three hours is simulation training in which the women get to use the learned techniques on a person in a padded protective suit.


3 What are students taught in the course?

The R.A.D. class instructs students on how and why it's important to be aware of their surroundings. We teach ways to improve a woman’s safety while at home, work, class, and while traveling. The class also teaches the students how to use personal weapons such as, hands, elbows, knees, and feet against an attacker.

4 What is the lifetime return and practice policy?

The R.A.D. Program is set up so that when a student completes their first 12 hour class, they can return to any nationally certified instructed class as many times over their lifetime completely free. The lifetime policy was set up to encourage students to return to the class and continue their training and practice.

5 How can people sign up to take the course?

The Stillwater Parks and Recreational Department is hosting the next class on March 3, 6, 10 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Stillwater Community Center located at 8th and Duck. Cost is $20 per new student and no cost for returning students. Females under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signed consent form; otherwise there is no age restriction.


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