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R.A.D. was created by Lawrence N. Nadeau. Mr. Nadeau served in the United States Marine Corp for four years as a military police officer. After leaving the military he entered the civilian law enforcement profession. Mr. Nadeau founded  R. A.D in 1989, where he served as the organizations Executive Director until June of 1998. Larry turned organization management over to four of his senior female staff instructors. Larry  now serves the Executive Board of the R.A.D. Systems of Self Defense as the Director of Instructional Development. He continues to guide and oversee all system Staff Instructors, Instructor Trainers and active R.A.D. Instructors within the alliance.

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 Today  R.A.D. is internationally recognized alliance of self-defense educators dedicated to empowering women. Through the program women are empowered by education, dependency on self, decision making responsibility , and self realization of physical power.  


Q:  What does R.A.D. stand for?

A: Rape Aggression Defense means philosophically “ defense against abduction.”  R.A.D. is a basic physical defense program. It is defense against physical abduction. However, it is part of our curriculum to also educate participants about risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition and of course risk avoidance.    

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Q: Why women only?

A: The R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense Program is designed to be offered to women only. Some primary reasons why this program prohibits access to men, are due to the vast majority of rapes are committed by men against women. If R.A.D. allowed open access to our basic classes, the potential would exist for us to unknowingly to convey our defensive philosophy to a rapist. The potential for this occurrence may be rare, however it is a strong point when asked to justify why women only. Assaults against men are generally very different than assaults against women. Men who attack women are often motivated by the sense of power and gratification they feel after the initial abduction of their victim has been achieved. Most women who enroll in our program may know very little about physical defense or assertiveness due to their own life experiences. It is our goal to create a very safe, positive team building  environment for all of our participants. This creates an opportunity for women to grow emotionally and physically.

Q: What is the cost of the program?

A: The R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Program is free of charge. It is our belief that self defense training for women should be not only practical, but affordable. We believe that every woman should have the tools necessary to defend themselves against an attack. R.A.D is a unique program.  It offers a lifetime practice policy. Which means, a student can participate in any R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense class around the United States free of charge. For a student to be eligible for cost free practice, she must have in her possession the student manual she obtained in her original class with the Instructor signature.   

Q: Does the program offer participants shirts?

A: We do offer participants shirts for a small fee. Please inquire the first night of class for pricing. Payment must be made at the time of the order . Checks and cash will be accepted.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to class?

A: The participant needs to wear comfortable attire and tennis shoes for class. Parts of the class will be very physically demanding. The participant also should bring something to drink such as water or a sports drink.    

Q: How long is each session?

A: Each class has four separate sessions. Three of the sessions are four hours long. Each session starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.  With the exception of the last class, which is when you apply what you have learned.  This class will start at 6:00 p.m. and should end by 9:00 p.m., depending on number of students. 

Q: What is the location of the class?

A: Each class will be held at the Cole County Sheriff’s Office. We are located at 350 East. High Jefferson City, Mo 65102

Q: How many instructors are there and who are they?

A:   There are eight instructors at the present time.  Dep. Tiffany Thurman, Dep. Joey Matherne and Jailer Billi Wright of the Cole County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Kevin Kempker, Officer Kelly Gettler and Officer Paris Lewis of the Jefferson City Police Department, Officer Caleb Groner of Lincoln University Police Department and Cole County Posse Member Matt Blotevogel.