The R.A.D. System
"You can do this."

R.A.D. is taught by certified instructors and is physically and mentally challenging, however, it is also taught in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

The R.A.D. Program

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The Houma Police Department recognizes a special need for the physical safety of women in Terrebonne Parish and the City of Houma. Because of this need, the Houma Police Department offers monthly R.A.D. courses for women, ages 12 and up. This assertive 12-hour self-defense course meets for three nights, four hours each night. Training sites are located at the Houma Police Department, Terrebonne General Medical Center, and the Terrebonne Parish Recreation Centers. The department also offers lectures to various civic clubs and organizations throughout the parish upon request.

What is the R.A.D. System?

R.A.D. is a Female Self-Defense program designed to combat sexual assault and rape. This program is designed for the average woman who chooses to use the option of physical self-defense. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth.

The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.

You can learn more at the R.A.D. Systems website.

The following areas are covered in the course:


Awareness and risk reduction discussion covering such issues as home and personal safety, date rape, carrying mace and/or other weapons.


Self-defense techniques that can be used in a variety of confrontational situations.


Realistic simulation attack where officers are dressed in padded equipment to give class participants the opportunity to practice their techniques.