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R.A.D.

Rape Agression Defense Training (R.A.D.)

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Police Department is proud to offer Rape Agression Defense (R.A.D.) training to the women of our community.

What is R.A.D.?
The Rape Aggression Defense Basic Personal Defense System is a national program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques taught for women only. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors.

The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed.

The R.A.D. system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. We provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mindset.

Every student receives a manual for reference and practice. Once a student has completed a R.A.D. program, their signed manual becomes a ticket for free lifetime return and practice with any R.A.D. instructor in the US and Canada.

 R.A.D. training programs offered:

  • Basic Physical Defense
  • Advanced Self Defense
  • Keychain Defense Options
  • Aerosol Defense Options

Our certified R.A.D. instructors (pictured to the right):
Mark Hassell, Mary Carrero, Jennifer Hassell, and Richard Hicks

The Rape Aggression Defense System is specifically designed for women who are willing to consider as a viable option, defense, in situations where their life is in jeopardy.


All training sessions are available to any woman that has an interest and desire to attend and are free of charge.

Download the R.A.D. FAQ

Upcoming Classes (This is a 12 hour class, split into 3 days):

  • July 29, 2013 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • August 2, 2013 - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • August 3, 2013 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register for a R.A.D. Course.

For information about upcoming classes or for more information about R.A.D. training, please call 828-268-9083 or send an email to radselfdefense@apprhs.org.