Empower Yourself

The nationally developed R.A.D. program includes content on risk prevention, physical defense, and developing self-reliance, all targeted specifically toward empowering participants. Taught by certified instructors, R.A.D. consists of twelve hours of training presented over four days.

RAD Systems Mission:

“The mission of the R.A.D. Systems is to establish an accessible, constantly improving and internationally respected alliance of dedicated Instructors. These Instructors in turn, will provide educational opportunities for women, children, men and seniors to create a safer future for themselves. In doing this, we challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life.”

Currently, Ithaca College instructors are certified to teach the R.A.D. course for women, which includes anyone who identifies as a woman.

The R.A.D. System teaches:

Risk Reduction Principles

  • Classwork includes techniques on personal self-awareness and surroundings
  • Enhance your preparedness for maintaining personal safety and empowerment

Physical self-defense techniques

  • Learn your physical strengths
  • Appropriate defense and targeting in confrontations

Simulations (Selected classes)

  • Opportunity to use techniques learned
  • Students respond in assault scenarios
  • Optional at student's discretion

Other Training Programs and Resources

Ithaca College offers a wide variety of sexual assault prevention training programs and resources throughout the year. View more information at the SHARE website. 

Contact R.A.D. Coordinators

Crystal Young
Elyse Nepa
John Elmore
Amy Noble
Joe Opper
Amy Shippos
Sybil Conrad

Upcoming Courses

The next R.A.D. for Women Course will be:
November 7, 9, 14, 16
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
(must attend all session for certification)