Rape Aggression Defense

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk education and avoidance, while progressing on to basics of hands-on defense training.


Location: Boynton Hall
Office Location: 3rd Floor
Phone: 508-831-5305

Courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and is currently taught at over a thousand colleges and universities nationwide. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of the tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and teaching methodology.

The R.A.D. System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assaults, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. The system of realistic defense provides women with the knowledge necessary to make an educated decision about resistance. It is the only self-defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

WPI currently offers a RAD for Women course for PE credit during all four terms. If you are interested in registering for the course, please consult the Registrar's Office. The WPI Police Department has two certified R.A.D. instructors on board. For specific questions, please contact Officers Chad Gaylord and Christopher Gilmore at csgaylord@wpi.edu andcjgilmore@wpi.edu or 508-831-5433.

Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Program

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and healthy community, WPI’s SAVE Program provides education, support, and resources to prevent sexual assaults.