Rape Aggression Defense Training


Our Instructional Objective

“To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”

Lawrence N. Nadeau, Founder & Executive Director

About Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

The Rape Aggression Defense Systems program (R.A.D.), founded by Lawrence N. Nadeau, is a self-defense program for women made up of easy-to-learn techniques that have realistic and practical applications. Every woman who participates in this self-defense program receives a free return and practice policy which is equivalent to a lifetime membership.

The Rape Aggression Defense program objective is to develop and enhance the options of self defense for women. You as a participant will be presented with various options to consider for use in a self-defense situation. The educational format also includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance strategies.


Certified R.A.D. instructors from the Notre Dame Police Department discuss and address issues of personal safety with participants, so as to equip you with R.A.D. instructors valuable background information before physical techniques are even introduced. Through the Rape Aggression Defense program, you will learn that no one decision is right for all women in all situations. Unlike other self defense programs, we teach you practical defense techniques that require no special equipment or skill; techniques that will become instinctive with repetition.

Most importantly, the Rape Aggression Defense program gives women the opportunity to test their abilities on a real person during a simulated attack. What an empowering experience it is for women to learn that they do have viable options for physical defense if they choose to resist an attack! In a study of 150 sexually assaulted women reported to the police, it was found that women who are forceful about resisting a would be rapist are less likely to be raped, and/or injured, than those who do not resist.

The Notre Dame Police Department Certified Instructors will provide you with information, tactics and considerations which the program believes may be useful for the various types of abductions perpetrated against women.

The Self-Defense program hopes to make legitimate contributions by taking action with women in communities both local and nationwide.

(Note: the Rape Aggression Defense program cannot anticipate all the situations or conditions under which this information may be used, nor does R.A.D. know the specific skills, experiences, abilities, or limitations our attendants possess individually).

For more information about the Rape Aggression Defense classes feel free to call or email Capt. Rob Martinez at (574) 631-3089

Class Format: R.A.D. classes offered by NDPD are a total of 12 hours long, usually divided into six two hour sessions. Skills taught in the first sessions lay the foundation for the skills taught later in the class. Participants should plan to attend all sessions in order to participate in the simulation on the last day of training.

Class Size Is Limited.

Female friends not associated with Notre Dame can attend with you, but they will need to register in person prior to the date of training.

Upcoming Classes:TBA

For questions about the registration process or questions that are RecSports related, contact (574) 631-6100.

R.A.D. Certified Instructors:

Program Coordinator:  Capt Rob Martinez

Chief Keri Kei Shibata

Officer Jarett Gilpin​​​​​​​

Laura Brown

Lt. Alex Novelli

Stephanie Palmer

Karen Carmona