Basic R.A.D.

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is an empowering self-defense class for women only. Taught by R.A.D. certified instructors from NDPD, the class will:

  • Develop & enhance self-defense skills
  • Address awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance strategies
  • Teach practical defense techniques
  • Practice learned skills and techniques on a real person during a simulated attack situation

R.A.D. is open to Notre Dame Students, Faculty/Staff and their families (participant must be at least 13 years old). In addition, the class is also open to the Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross communities. If you are a Non-ND member please contact Jennie Phillips ( for information about registering for the class.

It is important that participants attend all sessions as classes build upon each other. If you miss a class, you can attend but will NOT be permitted to participate in the simulated attack session. 

Registering a Minor?

For those interested in registering their child for R.A.D. (13 or older) please complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to RecRegister with net ID and password.
  2. Click your net ID at the top of the page to display your account information.
  3. Then click ‘Personal Information’ on the left hand sidebar.
  4. Scroll down until you see the ‘Add a new Dependent’ button. Click this button to add your child.
  5. Navigate to the R.A.D. class via RecRegister.
  6. Click ‘Add to Cart’. A popup will appear that reads “Which family member would you like to register?” Select your name, accept the waiver, click ‘Next: Add to Cart’ and then click ‘Continue Shopping’.
  7. You should be sent back to the Courses page. Repeat the same process for your daughter. Now click ‘Checkout’ to enter credit card information and complete registration.

Please note that a Minor Waiver must also be signed by the parent/guardian during the first class in order for the dependent to participate in the series. The parent/guardian must also be registered for the course in order for the minor to participate.

Have registration questions? Contact Assistant Director, Fitness & Fitness Facilities, Jennie Phillips at, or at (574) 631-5965.