Rape Aggression Defense Systems

Upcoming RAD Classes & Girl's Conference

Hosted by the Irving Police Department, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems classes are designed to teach women and girls 12 years and older realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. The course is taught by Irving police officers who are nationally certified RAD instructors. These free classes are open to any female, 12 years and older, living in or visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

The upcoming classes are open to females ages 12 and over: They will begin Monday, March 27, through Thursday, March 30, and be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

We will host a Girl's Conference June 26-29 that will be geared towards teenage girls. Sign-up for this will be in May, approximately 30 days before.  Participants receive RAD training and FAC counseling on a variety of topics, including self-esteem, social media, bullying, sexting, drugs, alcohol, etc.  Class times will be between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; drop-off can start at 8 a.m. Limited spacing. Follow our social media platforms for further updates and the announcement of the registration opening. For questions, contact Hiedy at 2544 or online.

Classes are held at the Police Training Academy, 2603 Esters Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot, near the water tower.

  • Bring completed registration forms and waivers to first class.
  • Wear basic workout attire: something comfortable that would be worn to the gym, such as a T-shirt, shorts or pants, and closed-toe lace-up shoes. No sandals, boots, or open-toe shoes.
  • Bring a snack and something to drink.

Learn more about the national RAD Systems program.

RAD is designed to engage participants in a series of hands-on, realistic self-defense tactics and reinforce the power of the voice. The RAD curriculum teaches basic self-defense and focuses on self-awareness, risk reduction and avoidance. These programs include educational components comprised of lectures, discussions and physical resistance strategies. The program's goal is to develop and enhance a woman's options for self-defense, giving her viable considerations if she is attacked.

Designed for women and girls of all skill levels, each class is split into three-hour sessions held over four days, providing flexibility for those who work or attend school.

In addition, participants who complete the program are eligible for RAD Systems' Lifetime Return and Practice Policy, allowing them free acceptance to any class held in the United States or Canada for additional practice and education. This program is an excellent opportunity for women of all skill levels.