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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?

Studies of sexual assault victims and those who have avoided a sexual assault situation have repeatedly shown that when there is no resistance to attack, rape is inevitable. Those who have had at least some self-defense training are the most likely to avoid an attack, using a combination of screaming and physical resistance.

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 three classes are open for registration:

Class 1: Sept 5, 7, 12, and 14th

Class 2: Sept 18, 20, 25, and 27th

Class 3: Oct 10, 12, 17, and 19th

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


Lt. Jim Dally
(319) 273-2712

Officer Stacy Davis
(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