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Rape Aggression Defense Training

R. A. D. Self Defense for Women

The 12-hour class is broken into four (4) weekly sessions. The classes are held from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at The Fountains Housing Multi-purpose Room (MPR). Each student will be provided with the knowledge to help her make an educated decision about resistance to a spontaneous violent attack. Taught by a nationally certified R. A. D. instructor, this comprehensive, women-only course begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, then progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. Although students will learn defense strategies, R. A. D. is not a martial arts program. 

R. A. D. courses are open to female students, faculty and staff age 14 and older. All students in the course will be provided with a workbook and reference manual that outlines the entire program.


The cost of the class is FREE.


  • Desire to develop a personal safety plan.
  • Comfortable clothes that do not restrict body movement: jeans, shorts or sweats.
  • Sneakers (no street shoes).
  • No Jewelry.

Spring Class Schedule

No classes scheduled at this time due to COVID-19 

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To Register: Please send the following information to



Contact e-mail address

Please indicate if you are a student, faculty or staff member (or other)

If you are "other", are you the guest of a student, faculty or staff member?


If you have any questions or you would like more information, please call UNF Police Department at 904-620-2800 or email


Self Defense Training

The UPD offers a basic self-defense course as well as a safety tips course instructed by a certified police defensive tactics instructor. The courses may be requested through Housing & Residence Life, Club Alliance, Greek Life or any other UNF entity.

The University of North Florida Continuing Education maintains a listing of private self defense instructors in the Jacksonville area. This information is available to any member of the University community by contacting the Women's Center at (904) 620-2528. Founder's Hall, Building 2, Room 2100