Winthrop University Police Department

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.)


Due to South Carolina Governor McMaster's Executive Order (2020-09), the Winthrop University Police Department is not able to offer the R.A.D. program at this time. Due to the requirements of this program, virtual instruction is not available.


R.A.D. is a rape aggression defense course. It is a personal safety education program with a practical blend of threat avoidance strategies and real world assault resistance tactics. The focus of the R.A.D. course is on the development of personal and physical safety skills that can be safely practiced in a comfortable learning environment.

The R.A.D. program is not a traditional self-defense course. It fills a longstanding void by enabling individuals to learn a set of cognitive and physical skills which will be beneficial for a lifetime. R.A.D. participants find the manner of instruction to be supportive and the course to be a very empowering experience.

The R.A.D. program, which has been taught to thousands of individuals at universities worldwide, is offered to participants  through the Winthrop University Police Department. Our certified R.A.D. instructors work together teaching the courses to provide students, faculty, and staff with a more personal experience.

The Winthrop University Police Department offers two separate courses, R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense for Women and R.A.D. for Men. These offerings provide a truly holistic approach to self defense education, supporting the necessity of continuous learning in order to provide realistic options for each population as they go through life.

If you are interested in participating in R.A.D., contact the Winthrop University Police Department at 803/323-2213.