Northern Illinois University is proud to sponsor women’s self-defense through the Rape Aggression Defense, the R.A.D. system. Lawrence N. Nadeau developed R.A.D. with the instructional objective “to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”
The R.A.D. system of physical defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. The increasing widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology.
The R.A.D. System is the only self-defense course endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
NIU teaches R.A.D.’s basic physical defense for women in two forms:
The R.A.D. program at Northern Illinois University is a collaboration with several university groups. The instructors are professors and university officials who donate their time and energy to make this program accessible to the NIU students and staff. A special thank you to the following divisions who have provided support for R.A.D. courses at Northern Illinois University: