Department of Public Safety

Programs - Rape Aggression Defense

Rape Aggression Defense, or R.A.D., is a self-defense program for women based on teaching simple techniques to improve personal safety. It was originated by Lawrence N. Nadeau, a 15 year veteran of law enforcement, using techniques taught in police work, and simplifying them so his 50-year old mother could successfully execute them.

UNI Police Officers act as instructors - both for academic and physical portions of the course. It is an opportunity to learn simple techniques that will allow you to avoid danger when possible or escape as a last option.

Why Should You Participate?

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a comprehensive self-defense system for students.  Students learn strategies aiding in awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance.  Through hands-on participation, students learn options available to them during a confrontation or attack.  Students have an opportunity to apply learned skills in a controlled environment.  RAD is offered nationally and internationally and honors a Lifetime Return and Practice Policy. 

Who Can Participate?

R.A.D. is designed for women only. This is because women, especially those who have been victims of physical attack, may be uncomfortable working with a male partner. R.A.D. training also involves a certain amount of bodily contact, and it is believed women will be more comfortable working with other women as partners.

How to Start

Several classes are held during the Fall and Spring Semesters.

The following Fall 2019 class is open for registration:

October 21, 23, 28 & 30
6:00 - 9:00p.m.
SB4 (3209 Hudson Rd)

Register for this class.

Consider learning more about the campus-wide efforts to prevent violence against women.


Lt. Jim Dally
(319) 273-2712

For more information: Contact Lt. Jim Dally at the UNI Police Division - 3-2712 (on campus), inquire at 30 Gilchrist Hall, or visit the RAD Systems page at