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BASIC PHYSICAL DEFENSE


FOR WOMEN
PARTICIPANT MANUAL
THE R.A.D. SYSTEMS OF SELF-DEFENSE
2006
Serving Communities Since 1989
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COPYRIGHT l991-2006
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DISCLAIMER
Rape Aggression Defense Systems, Inc. and our program Instructors
attempt to provide attendees with information, tactics, and considerations which we
believe may be useful for various types of abductive encounters perpetrated against
women. However, we cannot anticipate all of the situations or conditions under
which this information may be used, nor do we know the specific legal restrictions,
skills, experiences, abilities, and/or physical limitations our attendees may possess
individually. Therefore, Rape Aggression Defense Systems, Inc., its Founder,
Executive Board, Instructional Staff, Basic Instructors and advisors cannot accept,
and affirmatively disclaim any liability, for personal injuries or property damages
resulting from the application or adoption of any of the information presented during
the course or within the printed materials distributed.
NO WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, ACCOM-
PANY THIS PROGRAM, THE PRINTED MATERIALS DISTRIBUTED
OR THE INFORMATION OR TACTICS CONVEYED VERBALLY OR
THROUGH DEMONSTRATION.
Though we would like to guarantee 100% success with our tactics and techniques,
this is impossible. Realistically, the vast number of confrontation scenarios available
to todays criminal, prohibits any guarantee of success with any strategy.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The R.A.D. System ............................................................................ 7
R.A.D. Objective ............................................................................... 9
General Definitions .............................................................................. 10
Self Defense and the Law..................................................................... 11
Abduction .......................................................................................... 12
Risk Reduction(Sheri Iachetta) ........................................................ 14
The Date Rape Mentality .................................................................... 21
Pattern of Date Rape Encounter .......................................................... 22
Continuum of Survival ......................................................................... 23
Physical Defense Strategies Outlined ................................................... 27
The Decision to Resist ........................................................................ 30
Basic Principals of Defense ................................................................. 32
The Hand as a Weapon ...................................................................... 33
More Personal Weapons .................................................................... 34
Vulnerable Locations .......................................................................... 35
Offensive and Defensive Postures......................................................... 36
Defensive Tactics ................................................................................ 37
The Defensive Mindset.........................................................................61
Maintaining the Defensive Edge ........................................................... 62
Lifetime Practice Policy....................................................................... 63
References ......................................................................................... 64
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Woman must not depend on the


protection of man but must be taught to
defend herself.
Susan B. Anthony 1871

Rape Aggression Defense Systems


Basic Physical Defense for Women
Participant Manual
By
Lawrence N. Nadeau
R.A.D. Systems Founder
Director of Instructional Development
The R. A.D. Systems of Self-Defense
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THE R.A.D. SYSTEMS OF SELF-DEFENSE


Rape is something like a pebble dropped into a pond. Its impact, so visible at
first, quickly diminishes as society forgets, leaving the victim alone with her pain. The
forgotten pebble is yesterdays rape, tomorrows statistics.
The crime of rape is reported so infrequently that society in general is oblivious
to its magnitude. Until it happens to them or someone they know and love, its just
another headline, just another crime that happens to someone else.
There are a vast number of experts on the subject of rape. Experts in preven-
tion, criminal motivations, suspect profiling, statistical analysis, social responsibility, psy-
chological effects on victims, etc... And quite frankly, I am humbled by their knowledge
and dedication to this critical social issue. I can offer little to the theories and studies
conducted in an attempt to understand rape and its consequences, but agree that un-
derstanding the problem is a key to rectifying it.
20 years ago my research into defense classes designed for women led prima-
rily to one or two hour lectures that focused on avoidance, prevention and compliance
if attacked. These lectures are good, but fail to fill the need for physical self defense
training, and their recommendation of only compliance is libelous and counter to the
instinct of self preservation.
To the other extreme, we found the martial arts defense training, generically
applied to men, women, seniors and children. This approach is excellent for develop-
ing body mechanics, physical fitness and confidence, but the time consuming dedica-
tion needed to be proficient is more than most people are willing to endure. In addi-
tion, martial arts training and its instructors are often too traditional, regimented and
ceremonial for the vast majority of our population.
This research led to the development of the Rape Aggression Defense System,
a system of defense for women. It advocates realistically employable tactics, without
the time investment, ceremony, regimen, or mystical concepts of a martial art. The
R.A.D. System, however, is no quick solution in itself, but is a course of carefully
selected defensive tactics with helpful guidelines for continued personal growth. One
can easily refer to the Participant Manual and review specific techniques of defense,
when time has been set aside for practice. A persons attitude about safety and even
survival is a personal thing and the level of seriousness one has, is usually directly
proportionate to training dedication.
Malcolm X once said, It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when
he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. Though Malcolm X was to some a contro-
versial figure in history, his statement rings with truth.
I believe we as a society have been guilty of this philosophy in not teaching
women how to defend themselves, though they are the victims of constant brutal at-
tack.
The Rape Aggression Defense System is not for the weak at heart, or the
conscientious objector. Our system is specifically designed for women who are willing
to consider as a viable option, defense, in situations where their life is in jeopardy.
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Is this program any better than what you have previously learned or will
learn in the future? The answer to this question is Not necessarily. Many instruc-
tors or developers of programs insist that their method is the best. Instructors often
lend themselves to opinion, and often these opinions are distorted by personal
biases. Please do not be swayed by one Instructors criticism of another, evaluate
each program, method, class, tactic and/or technique on its own merit. After many
hours of training in numerous methods, I believe that there are good elements in all
kinds of programs. I also believe that what is most important is not a volume
of knowledge, but the ability to apply what you know. Find a method to which
you can dedicate your training time. Practice that method. Make it your dominant
response in the stress of a violent encounter. Consider the following:
Ease in learning and retention;
Practical nature;
Applicability under Stress;
Continuity within structure;
Ability to accept/adapt previously learned skills.
Then decide.
R.A.D. PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS
Should you choose to participate:
1. You have every right to expect a professional and safe training
environment.
2. You can expect to be mentally and physically challenged during this
course.
3. You can expect to learn risk awareness, reduction and avoidance
tactics that will, if employed, increase your chances of not being
assaulted.
4. You can expect to learn self-defense skills that will expand your
options should you ever be attacked.
5. You have every right to choose non-participation, at any time, for any
reason.
6. You have every right to expect to be treated courteously and
professionally by your Instructors and guest speakers during this
course.
You are in control of your participation.
Should you have any
problems or issues with these
expectations not being met,
please notify your Instructor.
Should their attention not
satisfy your concerns, please
notify another Instructor.
If this is not possible, or
your concerns are not
addressed, please
call our main office at
(225) 791-4430
Concerned?
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THE R.A.D. SYSTEMS


Basic Physical Defense
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVE:
TO DEVELOP AND ENHANCE THE OPTIONS OF
SELF DEFENSE, SO THEY MAY BECOME VIABLE
CONSIDERATIONS TO THE WOMAN WHO IS
ATTACKED.
Lawrence N. Nadeau
R.A.D. Systems Founder

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GENERAL SEXUAL ASSAULT DEFINITION


1. RAPE
Sexual intercourse with a person against her or his will, through force, threat
and/or intimidation.
Webster Definition
The crime of having sexual intercourse, usually forcibly, with a person who
has not consented.
2. SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sexual abuse/fondling/touching of a person in areas of the body considered
private, against her will, by force, threat and/or intimidation.
3. FORCIBLE SODOMY
Oral intercourse (cunnilingus, fellatio, anilingus) or anal intercourse with a
person by force, threat and/or intimidation.
(against his or her will).
(Rape and Forcible Sodomy are often considered the same, in terms of
judicial punishment).
4. STALKING
Legally, a repeated course of conduct intended to cause fear of bodily
injury or death. (RVAP)
Note: These definitions will vary from source to source. Each Instructor
should get a copy of their own state code prior to teaching their classes.
DATE RAPE
A rape that occurs on a date or romantic social event between two people.
(Sometimes this term is considered trivializing, see Date Rape Mentality.)
(RVAP)
NON-CONSENT
A womans mental or physical helplessness or inability to give consent due to
physical handicap or temporary impairment.
IMPAIRED CONSENT
An act of intercourse is rape if it occurs through the use of the victims mental
incapacity or physical helplessness. Physical helplessness is defined as
unconsciousness or any other condition which renders the victim physically
unable to communicate an unwillingness to act and about which the accused
knew or should have known. Thus, if alcohol or drug use causes a person to
be unable to consent to sexual intercourse, having sex with that person is
rape.
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SELF DEFENSE AND THE LAW


Teaching self defense responsibly means covering some of the legal basics of
self-defense in general.
Individuals have a right to defend themselves whenever it is necessary, with
as much force as is necessary to ensure their safety when assaulted or detained
against their will. However there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. The defensive actions must be required in order to extract oneself from the
situation.
2. The defensive actions and subsequent force being used must be objectively
reasonable under the circumstances.
3. An individual must be protecting themselves from imminent harm of injury,
sexual assault and/or unlawful detention or abduction.
4. The force used in defense must be responding to an ongoing or presently
imminent threat.
When faced with the decision of defending another, or assisting another in a
self-defense situation, one would have the right to do so with some limitations. The
general rule here is, if one has a right to defend themselves under 1-4 above, then
anyone would in turn have the right to defend another or assist in their defense. Put
yourself in their shoes, if you could defend yourself in those shoes, then you can
assist them.
Often your safest means of assisting another would be to call for police
assistance and obtain a good physical description of individuals, vehicles, direction of
travel, etc... Not knowing all of the circumstances, or the entire situation before
interacting in confrontational matters could be a serious mistake. This section is
designed to educate and is in no way a recommendation to do anything, you must
make your own decisions about the situations you are faced with at the time of the
occurrence.
Please take the time to check local and state laws with regard to self de-
fense, and permissable force used in defense.
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ABDUCTION
Depending on the specific jurisdiction of this offense, the crime of abduction (felony)
can imply only the removal of ones personal freedom of movement. The unlawful
restraining of a woman by force, threat and/or intimidation can easily fall within this
context. The fact is, the vast majority of defense strategies designed for women and
children, are created to avoid or break away from an abductive type assault. An
initial abduction must occur prior to the crimes of rape and/or forcible sodomy. So
the premise of defending against abduction (rape aggression) itself is the foundation
of our self defense philosophy. Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) means philo-
sophically defense against abduction, which does not usually apply to the self
defense needs of men.
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THE FOUR RISKS OF PERSONAL SAFETY


RISK AWARENESS
RISK REDUCTION
RISK RECOGNITION
RISK AVOIDANCE
THIS IS 90% OF SELF DEFENSE EDUCATION

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RISK REDUCTION
Contrary to popular belief, rape is not a crime of sex. Rape is a violent
crime and a devastating experience, but it is survivable. Rape affects all people,
no matter what their age, race or economic status. It is one of the most rapidly
growing crimes in American society. FBI projections suggest that 1 out of 3
women can expect to be sexually assaulted in their lifetime (Cohen, 1989.) In
the United States, one forcible rape occurs every 7 minutes. Each year, about
90,000 forcible rapes are reported to the police. But, its estimated that almost
90% of all rapes and attempted rapes are not reported at all.
There is no one sure way to prevent a rape, because each situation is
different. However, there are steps that can reduce the risk of a woman being
targeted for such an encounter. These steps include risk awareness and risk
reduction strategies
Being aware means knowing that there are many myths about rape, as
well as being familiar with the kind of statistics quoted above.
Myth: Women are physically powerless against men.
Myth: Women secretly want to be raped.
Myth: Only young, attractive women are raped.
Myth: Only women with bad reputations are raped.
Many women are not aware of the facts that go along with the myths
because they feel they are invincible, believing its not going to happen to me.
With this attitude, they may not be mentally alert to their surroundings or the
environment they live and work in.
Rapists come in different shapes and sizes. Many rapists are married
men with families. They come from all educational, occupational and cultural
backgrounds.
The rapist is a master of emotion, appearing polite and charming in some
instances or threatening and menacing in others. Rapists are of all ages and no
ethnic group monopolizes the greatest percentage of rapists. This requires a
woman to be constantly aware of what is happening around her, since she does
not know when, or where, an attack could take place.
The following risk reduction strategies are offered, not as parental
sounding demands, but as considerations. Evaluate each strategy independently
as to whether or not it may apply to you and your specific circumstances. You
may also find that some of the information applies to a friend, family member or
co-worker. The bottom line is; you are ultimately responsible for your safety,
and reliance upon other people and/or objects for your personal safety may be a
huge mistake.
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I. HOME-
Try casing your own home, at night and/or during the day. Attempt to gain access
when locked and secure. If possible, invite a security survey from your local Police
Department.
A. Drapes and Shades-
Draw the drapes and pull the shades. If the drapes are thin or worn, you may want
to consider investing in a heavier fabric to prevent silhouetting.
B. Outdoor Lighting-
Good outdoor lighting will deter crime greatly. Lighting around doors and corners
are important. Driveways and parking areas need lighting also. Motion Detectors for
exterior lighting, is highly recommended. Installation of ground lights will help with
walk ways and doorways. Students on campus should contact the Director of Resi-
dence Life with concerns if lighting is inadequate.
C. Shrubs and Bushes-
Try to keep the bushes and shrubs trimmed for consistent shape, which will make it
easier to detect motion near windows. Replace and/or trim large shrubs and bushes
close to doorways and windows. It is recommended that bushes under windows be
kept at least 6" below the ledge.
D. Doors and Locks-
Consider investing in solid doors and good locks, preferably dead bolts. Also con-
sider installing a oneway peep hole. Consider keeping dorm rooms closed and locked
for safety and remember doors with breakable windows close to the door knob could
provide a means of easy access for an intruder.
E. Windows-
Are there locks on your windows? Do you use the locks? Windows are an often
used entry point for criminals. Even on second floors!!
F. Spare Key-
Hiding spare keys outside of a residence is a dangerous practice. Leave one with a
family member or a trusted neighbor or friend.
G. Knock on door-
Before opening the door, check through the peep hole, and consider calling out
Who is it? It is a good idea to check and verify all delivery personnel or other
professionals, including police by checking identification or calling a dispatcher.
RISK REDUCTION STRATEGIES
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H. Harassing Calls-
Your best strategy is to hang up immediately. If it continues, you are encouraged to
call police and report it. Have wrong number callers tell you the number they called
and avoid giving your number to a stranger.
II. OUT AND ABOUT-
If gone for an extended period of time, consider stopping paper and mail delivery or
have someone pick up your mail and newspaper. You may even want your trusted key
holder to alternate the lights that are left on, or consider using light timers.
A. Cell Phones-
Consider obtaining a cell phone first and foremost for safety reasons. Ensure that the
battery stays charged and program emergency numbers for quick access.
B. Prepare for your return-
Consider leaving on some lights, inside and outside. Also think about leaving on the
television and/or the radio. Timers here again are useful devices.
C. Neighbors-
Get to know your neighbors and if you feel you can trust them, learn each others
schedules. Watch out for each other. Talk about emergency phone numbers for noti-
fication purposes.
D. Returning Home-
Be cautious. If you see anything out of the ordinary, call the police. Let the police
investigate!
III. YOUR VEHICLE-
Before getting into your vehicle, give it a visual check. If it has been tampered with,
notify the police as soon as possible. Try not to touch or get into the vehicle. Look
under the vehicle during approach. Have your vehicle serviced regularly. Check oil,
tires, fluids, water, and try to maintain one fourth of a tank of gas in the car. When
leaving your vehicle for service, take your car keys off your key ring and leave only
them.
A. Visual Scan-
After scanning the vehicle and it appears safe, unlock the door and check the back
seat and the floor area. If it is clear, go ahead and get in. Know exactly how to operate
your remote access locking system, and if one does not exist, consider having it in-
stalled.
B. Once Inside-
Remember to lock all doors, and consider keeping the windows rolled up as far as
the weather permits. Place your carry bag or valuables out of sight to reduce smash
and grab type theft.
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C. Being Followed-
If you think you are being followed, instead of going home, make a few extra turns,
but only if familiar with the area you are in. When convinced that you are being fol-
lowed, drive to the nearest police or fire station. Avoid stopping in isolated areas. Try
not to become seperated from populated areas, find 24 hour shopping areas if other
options are not available. It is not recommended that you pick up hitchhikers or hitch-
hike yourself.
D. Disabled vehicle-
If you become stranded on the highway, think safety, and consider staying in your
vehicle. Turn on the four-way flashers, and then wait for the police or road service to
arrive. Cellular phones can be a tremendeous help in these situations.. If you have a
flat tire, and you know how to repair it, then attempt to do so. If you are interrupted
during the changing process, pick up your tools and get in the vehicle. Be wary of
vehicles bumping into you to simulate an accident. If it is only a bump and not an
accident, consider continuing to your destination and calling the police when you arrive
there.
E. Parking-
When driving into a shopping mall or similar complex, try to park in a well-lit area,
also consider backing into the space. A lighted area should keep vandals away from
your vehicle. Also try to avoid parking next to vans or large trucks, and be cautious
when returning to a vehicle parked next to a van or large truck. When walking back to
your car, try not to walk close to other parked cars, try staying in the center of the
access way if traffic permits. This will give you more reaction time. When in an angled
parking lot, walk with the direction of traffic flow in the lot, enabling you to see be-
tween parked vehicles.
G. Keys-
Being ready for an encounter is to your advantage! Try to have your keys in your
hand. This provides you with a device that can be used for defense, and allows for
quicker access once you arrive at your vehicle. If used for defense, poke eyes and soft
tissue. Avoid the practice of lacing keys between fingers, as this is not very effective
and may hurt your hands.
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IV. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION


A. Elevator-
When on an elevator, be aware of other people. If they get off on your floor, try to
be sure that you are not followed to your room. Attempt to stand close to the control
panel with your back against the elevator wall. Identify important buttons and/or the
telephone, these buttons are the alarm, door open, floor buttons, etc... Avoid pushing
the large Red Stop button, as this will cause the elevator to stop immediately, you want
the door to open if there is a problem.
B. Plane-
When in an airport, there is no way of knowing who could read your luggage tag, so
try to use a business card with a covered holder. Also, it is a good idea to place your
work address inside your luggage in case of loss.
C. Bus-
Try to sit next to the driver. If possible, avoid sitting next to rear doors. Consider
exiting near lighted areas and try to avoid dark bus stops, if possible.
D. Taxi-
Consider calling ahead and find out the distance you are traveling and how long it will
take to get there, dispatchers can often give drivers name. Ask the driver his name
when he arrives and use it or the cab number in conversation.
V. DATING-
A. Phone Numbers-
When meeting someone who you would like to see again, ask him for his phone
number, instead of giving out yours. The use of cell phone or work numbers is also
wise.
B. Driving-
When making plans to go out, consider meeting him at an agreed upon location. You
may even decide to drive for the first few dates, or until you feel comfortable with him.
Scheduling group activities or events with multiple couples/friends is safer. In addition,
consider letting someone know who you are going out with and where you are going.
C. Goodnight-
Say your goodnight at the car, rather than at the front door. It is okay not to feel
pressured to invite him in. Remember, your safety comes first. You might want to
indicate that someone is waiting for you inside. He should respect your caution; if he
doesnt, this may indicate future problems.
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D. Advertising-
Be careful about how your name is listed on a mailbox or how it is listed in the
telephone directory, consider using initials. Personal checks are also a concern since
they usually have your life history on them. If you need to put an address on your
checks, consider using a post office box. If a cashier asks for a phone number, take
the check back and write it on the check for them. A check card or debit card would
be safer. Try to avoid displaying vehicle license plates with your name or feminine
labels. These could make you an easy target for stalking type behavior.
E. Virtual Networks -
Be extremely cautious with internet sites that require personal information. Sites like
thefacebook, facebook, Friendster, and MySpace can be used effectively for social
interaction, however consider limiting detailed, close information over the site. Once
an interaction over the web can be legitimized, then, at your discretion, more detailed
communication can be considered. The internet in general is a dangerous place with
many sexual preditors.
F. Clothing-
Consider wearing clothing that is non-restrictive and athletic type shoes or shoes
without a heel, when the need for caution arises. Practice defensive techniques in
desired clothing that may be restrictive, this will give you insight with regards to your
mobility, as you may need to adjust your plan of action to accomodate certain types of
clothing or footwear. It may be helpful to carry two sets of shoes; one pair for travel
and one pair for destination.
G. Exercising-
Try to exercise with a partner. When running try to stay on main roads and popu-
lated areas. Vary running routes and times to avoid predictability. Running with a
headset on, could prevent you from hearing the approach of a vehicle or attacker. Try
to run against traffic. Consider a gender specific gym for workout sessions.
All of the above mentioned items are positive steps to help re-
duce the chances of becoming victimized. Use these basic risk
reducing steps, but understand, they are not foolproof. Noth-
ing works all the time, and there are no guarantees. Being aware
of yourself and your surroundings is probably the single most
important aspect of avoidance. The above strategies are actually
preparatory steps for your overall safety. But keep in mind that
without some preparation, you may actually increase your al-
ready statistically significant chances of being selected as a tar-
get. Prepare for survival!
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RISK AWARENESS, RISK REDUCTION, RISK RECOGNI-


TION AND RISK AVOIDANCE ARE 90% OF
SELF-DEFENSE EDUCATION!
These strategies are mostly common sense and do not require extensive prepa-
ration to implement, just forethought and an alert mind.
An alert mind will be the necessary catalyst that is needed for protecting your-
self. Reminding yourself that you are not invincible and trusting your instincts are the
first steps in the right direction.
VICTIMIZATION TRIANGLE
Opportunity
Victim Assailant
(Remove the Foundation of Opportunity)
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THE DATE RAPE MENTALITY


Scenario 1: A man and a woman go out for the evening. They have dinner,
see a movie and then they go back to his place for a drink. He rapes her.
What is this called? Date Rape?
Scenario 2: A man and a woman go out for the evening. They have dinner,
see a movie and then they go back to his place for a drink. He kills her.
What is this called? Date Murder???
Why has this term been twisted into an after the fact label?
Phrases like DATE RAPE were intended to increase awareness of the
incredibly violent crime of rape in social settings, but has since been used
by many to label the crime with a certain degree of severity when it
occurs. Phrases like acquaintance rape, social rape, and cocktail rape, have
no place in the preparatory defensive mindset of a potential target. We
who teach women self-defense must never forget this. A student must
develop the attitude that all RAPE is equally criminal and equally impor-
tant to defend against.
There are also those who will treat the victim of a date rape
differently than someone who is really raped. Some emergency re-
sponse personnel, lawyers, jury members, even friends and family mem-
bers may be influenced by the Date Rape Mentality.
Within this mentality, the labeling of any rape as a date, will
demean its seriousness by implying that it was somehow less violent.
Although it may in some cases be physically less brutal, all rape is violent
and criminal. Judicial Systems sometimes mitigate degrees of rape law, in
an attempt to increase the mockery of a conviction rate that now exists.
However, the victim, potential target, educator and concerned public
servant knows there should be no scale associated with this violation.
Once a woman has said `NO!, and made clear her intentions against sexual
contact, physically restraining or attacking behavior is rape aggression, and
not an acceptable dating practice.
If defense is unsuccessful, or for some reason not attempted, and
the rape does occur in the context of a social setting, it should not be
labeled a date rape. Our terminology must be simple. If a rape has
occurred regardless of the circumstances of encounter or the aggressors
intention, it is a rape.
Rape is a vicious crime in any form, which is why we must strive
hard not to candy coat it. Convey to your students that they should not be
manipulated into believing date rape is a lesser violation of rape, and thus
less important to defend against or report.
Do not misunderstand, this article is not stating that we are against
making women aware of potential circumstances that would place them in
jeopardy, and the term date rape, does have merit as a warning in that way.
We are opposed to its use as an after the fact label, and its influence on
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attitudes towards the severity of this much too prevalent crime, particu-
larly on the attitudes of women who are attempting to develop their Prepa-
ratory Defensive Mindset. RAPE has been called by many victims, UN-
FINISHED MURDER. So lets be careful not to harbor or perpetuate the
Date Rape Mentality.
THE R.A.D. SYSTEMS
PATTERN OF DATE RAPE ENCOUNTER
* SOMEONE YOU KNOW...
* DATE TAKES TOUCHY AND/OR CONVERSA
TIONAL LIBERTIES...
* DOES NOT RESPECT YOUR WISHES...
* HE ATTEMPTS TO ISOLATE YOU...
* HIS ATTACK MAY BE SUBTLE AT FIRST, BUT CAN
ESCALATE IN INTENSITY WHEN RESISTED...
RAPE POISON AWARENESS AND CONSIDERATIONS
* Do you really want to drink from a community trough?
Bowls, tubs, cans...
* Avoid drinks that you did not open (seen opened) or
prepare (seen prepared) yourself...
* Would you share or exchange drinks with someone?
Where has it been and whats in it?
* Consider abandoning any unattended drink. If it was
left unattended by you, or a trusted sober friend, for any
reason, get a new one...
* If it looks or tastes strange or funny, get rid of it...
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R.A.D. CONTINUUM OF SURVIVAL


I. AWARENESS -
Color Code of Awareness: YELLOW (Cautious Contact)- Aware of
yourself and surroundings with reducing risks a foremost thought; ORANGE
(Warning Contact)- Perception of circumstances that are potentially hazardous,
avoidance measures being taken; RED (Defensive Stance)- Actually in a confron-
tation, defensive measures being taken. A failure to react or ineffective thoughtless
response, caused by lack of preparation or practice, may cause one to panic or
freeze.
II. AVOIDANCE -
Your overall awareness will increase reaction time, however, placing ob-
stacles between you and the attacker will force him to negotiate the obstacle before
he can get to you.
Try to maintain a reasonable distance when answering questions or giving
directions. Re-route your direction of travel temporarily toward a safe haven; a
nearby house, business or police station.
Avoid, if possible, dark areas such as alleys, parks, parking lots and ga-
rages.
Avoid vulnerable circumstances; i.e. ... drugs, alcohol, unfamiliar groups, or
the lack of transportation or means of certain departure.
III. DEFENSIVE RESISTANCE -
Not Passive Resistance. Apply yourself 100% with any type of resis-
tance. Use your adrenaline and assertively employ your practiced plan of action. You
may only get one chance to escape.
1.) VERBAL-
Yell STOP! NO! GET BACK! If attack lacks immediate violent intensity,
try to use short sentences to identify the crime to others and discourage the attacker.
Consider making statements, instead of asking questions. STAY AWAY FROM
ME! Assertive statements are always stronger than questions.
2.) The WHISTLE-
Pea Whistles and flimsy tin whistles are often unreliable when needed due to
over blowing or poor construction. Be careful with whistles, an attacker may lash
out at the sound in an attempt to silence it. Whistles are used best during flight or
with a reactionary distance in excess of 10 feet.
3.) RUNNING-
Is running an option for you? Or will you become exhausted in a short
distance and be completely incapable of any physical defense? Aerobic exercise at
least 3 times a week, with at least 30 minute sessions will aid you greatly. You cannot
count on pure adrenaline to sustain your flight. If you choose to run, be aware of the
terrain, the attackers location, and of your own physical condition.
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IV. COMPLIANCE -
This is a perfectly acceptable option for consideration in some circum-
stances, the victims discretion should not be questioned. If complete compliance is
the chosen option concentrate on descriptive details of the surroundings and assail-
ant. You may want to attempt the numerous techniques of compliant resistance,
i.e.... verbal techniques, vomiting, hyperventilation. Remember, these tactics come
from the bottom of the barrel of options. Expressed compliance, may be used
to buy time or to wait for an opening to initiate a timely counter defense.
V. PHYSICAL DEFENSE -
Counter Defensive techniques must be proportionate to the encountered
aggression. Transfer Fear into Anger!!
1) MODERATE -
Moderate techniques are defined as those which impact less than vital areas.
2) EXTREME -
Extreme techniques are defined as those which have the most severe distrac-
tive effects on a suspect if used effectively, these impact areas are often considered
vital or potentially lethal.
VI. WEAPON DEFENSE -
What is a weapon? Whats not a weapon! A pen; a hairbrush; hair spray;
keys; a nail file; a credit card; any solid object you can get your hands on!
1) NON-LETHAL WEAPONS -
Non-lethal weapons are defined as weapons primarily used for less than
lethal force. Training is an absolute necessity before effective use can be expected.
A. CHEMICAL -
Pepper Spray, shot into the face directly. Usually used by police, it is often
available to the public. These weapons are more effectively used as a distraction to
allow escape, than as an incapacitator. Seek R.A.D. Aerosol Defense Options
training!
B. ELECTRONIC -
Stun Guns require body contact to work as designed. They can be a strong
psychological deterrent, but again it is usually unreliable as an incapacitator and may
only be limited in effectiveness as a distraction because of subject proximity. Taser
type devices are more effective but require more dedication to training and have
more responsibility associated with them as they actually shoot darts into the subject
offender.
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C. KEYCHAIN -
The defensive key chain is an excellent means of defense when properly
trained. A small flashlight can also serve the dual purpose of an impact weapon and
an illumination device. Seek R.A.D. Keychain Defense Options training!
2) LETHAL WEAPONS -
These are defined as weapons used to inflict lethal force. Lethal Force is
often defined as any force used by any means, capable of inflicting death or serious
bodily harm.
A. FIREARMS -
Firearms are only an option if you are trained by a professional, and if all
legal requirements have been met for ownership and/or carry. There are many
hazards associated with the lack of firearms training and safety.
B. OTHER -
Almost any weapon can be used in a lethal fashion, which is why training is a
strong recommendation if the carry of any weapon is being considered. Many
people fail to realize how much they dont know about defensive weaponry use, and
this ignorance can lead to disaster.
VII. REPORTING THE INCIDENT-
If you choose to report a confrontation to the local police department, know
that this report may provide vital information to an on-going investigation. At very
least, it may intensify patrol in this area and contribute to any statistical analysis of
local crime trends.
1) PHYSICAL DEFENSE-
Physical defense can come in many forms. If you have done anything,
including yelling and/or running to avoid or prevent an attack, this is an effective
strategy of physical defense, maybe the most effective.
A. NOTIFICATION-
Local police should be notified so they can follow up on the attack. Perhaps
the suspect was injured as a result of your defensive counter, and in need of medical
attention. Advising the R.A.D. Systems main office in Denham Springs, Louisiana
will also assist us in continuing to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs.
B. IF INJURED DURING CONFRONTATION-
Seek medical attention immediately. Bruises, fractures and abrasions are
certain outcomes of any physical encounter.
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2) IN THE EVENT OF RAPE-


A. NOTIFICATION-
This is up to the survivor. Encourage her to notify the police, but dont
push. Encourage her to seek support from a family member or close friend while
also using the services of a professional non-profit counseling center to assist her in
the vital early stages. At some later date, R.A.D. Systems would like to know about
the incident so an analysis of the programs effectiveness can be made.
B. THE INVESTIGATION-
The preliminary and on going investigation can sometimes seem hectic from a
survivors viewpoint. Often it seems cold, impersonal and repetitive. Many things
are being done and taken into consideration that will benefit the survivor at a later
date. Remember that the responding police officers, investigators and medical
personnel are professionals that have been trained to accomplish specific tasks.
These tasks are primarily designed to assist the survivor, though sometimes it seems
otherwise from a survivors perspective.
C. COURT-
Keep in mind that the survivor is not on trial! She should do the best
she can to contribute to the prosecutions attempt to obtain a conviction, but try to
refrain from putting too much confidence into it, because the criminal justice system
can be unpredictable. Victim witness agencies or departments may be able to offer
support.
D. AFTERMATH-
Everyone handles emotional and physical trauma differently, but a
key factor that most experts agree on is talking about the assault to someone: a
counselor, a close friend, and/or understanding family members. Survivors might
consider becoming active in reducing the chances of a reoccurrence. Having been
victimized once does not leave them immune. Surviving the incident is not only a
physical and possibly a legal matter, but it also includes emotional survival.

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PHYSICAL DEFENSE STRATEGIES OUTLINED


A. Physical-Defense for women is a combination of:
1. Trusting personal perceptions
2. Risk Awareness (Basic Physical Defense System)
3. Risk Reduction (Basic Physical Defense System)
4. Risk Recognition (Basic Physical Defense System)
5. Risk Avoidance (Basic Physical Defense System)
6. Use of personal and supplemental weapons against vulnerable points.
B. Physical-Defense requires a woman to enhance her natural reactions
to violence:
1. Rather than making women more fearful, self-defense makes them
more confident and less likely to use force because they begin to
look and act less like victims.
2. Women need to plan for an attack rather than fear itfear will
diminish when a plan of action is prepared.
C. Confrontation by verbal harassment:
1. Responding assertively can make a woman feel more in control.
2. She may also be safer.
a. Rapist often test their victims, believing that if she does not
respond assertively, she wont be able to respond to a physical
confrontation. If he can say anything, he can do anything.
b. Women are often told not to fight back because it will bring on
a more intense attack. The truth is, the risk of injury is no
greater for a woman who resists an attacker than for one who
complies.
3. A womens assertiveness begins with her, walking erect with her head up
and making eye contact with those around her. These are assertive
behaviors that make a woman less likely to be seen as a potential victim.
D. The Attack:
1. Be ready to Run!
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2. Yell, instead of scream


a. Screaming comes from the throat and can be mistaken for being playful.
Screaming also is associated with fear. Yelling is stronger and comes from the
diaphragm.
b. There are five benefits of Yelling:
1.Yelling assists in breathing during confrontation.
2. Yelling projects self confidence and assists in power development.
3. Yelling shocks the consciousness of an aggressor.
4. Yelling can alert others of a problem, attracting attention.
5. Yelling helps to ensure air wont be knocked out of you should the
defender (you) fall to the ground or be struck.
3. Assume a Defensive Stance:
a. Place one foot slightly ahead of the other, hands and weapon raised to
cover vulnerable points, body turned slightly to the side.
b. Combine the defensive stance with a Yell
1. This is different than the typical way women are portrayed,
screaming and helplessly flailing their hands in the air.
2. It is quite likely that the man will respond by denying the
attack, saying something like: Are you crazy? What is wrong
with you?
4. Immediate resistance means that a woman is ready to fight back
and demonstrate that she is not the willing victim that an aggressor thinks all
women are.
a. Studies show that the more aggressive the defense and the
sooner in the confrontation it happens, the better the chance a
woman has of escaping.
b. She cannot afford to wait and rely on the rapists assurances that
if she goes along with him he will not hurt her. They lie!
1. Abduction is the initial motivation of self-defense.
2. Many women want to believe they can talk their way out of
an assault, that if they submit, he will not kill her. They lie!
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If you act like a victim,


chances are good that you
will become a victim.
Laura C. Martin
E. Positive Visualization:
1. This is one of the most important self-defense training techniques.
2. Women are constantly bombarded with the message that they are
not capable of defending themselves, that the only outcome of an
attack is that they will lose.
3. Women should try to practice focusing on positive mental images of
surviving and escaping.
4. When a woman thinks about what if... she should finish the
thought with a positive image of escape or with a picture of the
attacker running away.
F. Women must practice the training they receive! Reference R.A.D.s exclusive
Lifetime Return and Practice Policy.
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THE DECISION TO RESIST


I believe the option of defense during a violent attack should be available for
consideration by any victim. Unfortunately, even when this option is available and
enhanced through previous training, it cannot always be realistically employed
without serious or grave ramifications. The decision to resist or comply as a means
of survival can only be made by the victim of the attack. We cannot advise physical
resistance or defense in every violent encounter. This is a personal decision that can
only be made from a victims perspective. She must evaluate the totality of the
circumstances that make up the encounter before selecting appropriate defensive
measures.
What is appropriate? Again this can only be answered by the victim. The
important thing she must remember is that the degree of defense should be propor-
tionate to the intensity of the aggression. For example, if a male forcefully grabs his
date by the arm in the middle of a crowded Sunday afternoon football party, a spear
strike to his throat or a knee to the groin would not be appropriate defense on her
part. These techniques could result in serious physical injury or even death, if
effectively administered. More appropriate in the described situation would be
verbal admonishment to let go, a stomp to the top of the foot or a forearm strike. In
another situation, the attack may be so sudden or violent that the victim will not have
the mental capacities of consideration or evaluation. The thought process is put on
hold by the basic instincts of survival that all human beings possess, The Fight or
Flight Syndrome.
It is not a natural thing for a woman to submit against her own will in a
violent encounter. Those self-defense programs that only teach crime prevention,
avoidance and then compliance as a lone option when attacked, are asking the
impossible.
The R.A.D. System was designed to compliment a womans natural desire
to resist rape aggression. But there are situations where physical defense cannot be
realistically used without the risk of serious personal injury. Attacks that involve
firearms, edged weapons, or numerous suspects are extremely dangerous. Victims
of such an attack should be realistic about their ability to defend themselves in these
situations.
Compliance is an acceptable option when ones life is in jeopardy. Still the
victim should always be looking for the chance to escape for survivals sake. Sur-
vival comes in many forms and who is to say what is appropriate and what is not?
Who?-Only the victim of the assault can make the right decision. Surviving is
paramount.
When the decision is made to resist in a violent encounter or resistance is the
natural reaction to a sudden violent attack, then resistance should come in the form
of a quick, deliberate and precise defensive counter. Womens defense training for
years has promoted biting and scratching as a primary means of defense. The truth
is that these tactics will not incapacitate an attacker and in most cases will only
provoke more intense violence. Biting and scratching often induces rage from the
aggressor that he will vent on the victim of his assault. Instead, women should focus
on the attackers vulnerable points and concentrate on the ability to strike these
locations as appropriate.
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The victim should be aware, ready and willing to inflict serious bodily harm,
if necessary in her effort to escape. This must be her mindset. The purpose of the
defensive counter is escape. The attacker has made the decision for the victim to
use force against him, through his violent aggression. Since it was his decision to
attack, he is responsible and libel for what occurs during the encounter. The
victims defensive counter is nothing more than a response to the felonious assault.
For this defensive counter to be effective in many cases, the victim must strike
vulnerable points. The intention is not to injure or kill anyone, it is simply to survive
by stunning/distracting the aggressor so she can run from a situation where she is the
victim of rape aggression that may result in more violence, rape or murder without
defense. A victims intention and goal must be escape, nothing more.
Confidence is the Unconquerable
Enemy of Fear.
L. Nadeau
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BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEFENSE


1. Increase Reaction Time...
2. Obtain Good Balance...
3. Develop a Plan of Action...
4. Use Distraction Techniques...
5. Identify His Vulnerable Locations...
6. Use Your Personal Weapons...
7. Avoid Confronting Force With Force...
8. Avoid Panic...
9. Disengage and Run...
10. PRACTICE!!!
THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF BASIC
PHYSICAL DEFENSE
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KEY POINTS: In all striking motion techniques, except the Palm Strike, the
participants wrist must be straight during the motion and on impact.
THE HAND AS A WEAPON
Wrist Straight
on Impact with Target
Wrist Straight
on Impact with Target
Wrist Straight
on Impact with Target
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MORE PERSONAL WEAPONS


KEY POINTS: The chin pushed down is the best positioning for a forward
head butt, the chin pushed up is best for a head butt to the rear.
*Keep the toe pointed down to the ground on a knee strike.
*Ensure that elbow strikes are palm down on impact when high and palm up
on impact when they are low.
*When the foot is used in one of its many ways, ensure that it is rigid with
weapon like tension when being used for striking.
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VULNERABLE LOCATIONS
KEY POINTS: Though there are many vulnerable locations on the human
body, we believe the above depicted are the most accessible during a con-
frontation using basic self-defense knowledge.
Note: There is a difference between Moderate Vulnerable Locations (MVL)
and Extreme Vulnerable Locations (EVL). A MVL must be used in moder-
ate situations using moderate techniques, extreme techniques can never be
used in moderate situations. An EVL can only be targeted in extreme
situations, but in these situations moderate or extreme techniques may be
used to create distractions for escape opportunity. Simply put; Moderate
situation, moderate techniques to MVL. Extreme situations, extreme
techniques to EVL. You can use MVL in extreme situations, but you can
never use EVL in moderate situations.
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OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE POSTURES


During physical conflict, whether war or individual combat, there are com-
monly two postures that are assumed. The first is referred to as the offensive
posture. The offensive posture is assumed by the person who initiates the attack in
hopes of a quick conclusion. Though this posture is usually devastating when
initiated against the unaware and unprepared, it is usually conducted in a fashion that
exposes inherent weakness, if they exist. The second posture of the two is called the
defensive posture. This posture is assumed as a means of survival by the person
who is suddenly attacked. It is also a posture maintained by those who wish to repel
confrontation, because the appearance of a strong defensive posture usually inhibits
the willingness of another to attack.
Whether ones posture is offensive or defensive will depend greatly upon
individual strengths and weaknesses. If both sides are perceived as completely
equal, each will assume offensive and defensive postures during the confrontation.
However, if one of the combatants is perceived to be smaller, less skilled or physi-
cally weaker, then the defensive posture is often the most advantageous one to
assume. Most experts in the field of confrontation agree that it is much easier to
protect inherent weaknesses and vulnerabilities from a defensive posture.
These general postures are important when placed in the realms of physical
violence against women. The average man is stronger and faster than the average
woman. This is not a subject of debate, though there are many exceptions to this
rule. In addition to this, the man who attempts to physically subdue or attack a
woman is always operating from an offensive posture. This posture usually works
very well for him because many women are unaware and unprepared to react to the
combative nature of an assault. But because he operates from the offensive posture,
he will always expose at least some of his many vulnerable locations. The woman
who is aware and prepared to assume a defensive posture during an assault is
usually successful in disrupting the attack. From the defensive posture she should
not only be able to protect her own vulnerable locations, but she will often be
effective with the unexpected defensive counter, using her personal weapons against
the attackers exposed vulnerable locations.
It is important to reinforce in your students the basic principle of using their
personal weapons against an attackers vulnerable locations. This, combined with
the defensive posture from which all self-defense techniques are initiated, should give
them the physical edge that they need to defend themselves from an assault. Though
your students may want to use their new found basic skills from an offensive posture,
this should be discouraged.
Impromptu demonstrations on the part of your students with techniques you
have taught them are usually, unknowingly, attempted from the offensive posture.
And they are usually demonstrated against or for someone they are not committed to
hurting, such as their husband, son, boyfriend, of girlfriend. This is why failure is
often experienced with private demonstrations. Techniques must be initiated from
a defensive posture, which requires an offensive attack first.
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PARTICIPANT NOTE:
THE FOLLOWING PORTRAYALS
ARE NOT PICTURE PERFECT
REPRESENTATIONS OF FLAWLESS
TECHNIQUE, AND SHOULD ONLY
BE USED AS A VISUAL AID THAT
ILLUSTRATES THE TACTICAL CONCEPT.
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KEY POINTS: This stance may be modified slightly to match the situation.
Example: During a cautious contact, the feet are positioned in the defensive
stance, while the upper body is casual. During a warning contact, the
feet are positioned in the defensive stance and the arms are raised
with a stopping type motion, palms out. During an assault, the stance
should the Defensive Stance above. Verbal Resistance is appropriately
used from each stance.
THE DEFENSIVE STANCE
Cautious Contact
Warning Contact
Defensive Stance
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KEY POINTS: Use outside edge of forearm to make contact with incoming
backhand of slap. Block should occur between wrist and elbow. Keep your
eyes on the aggressor, not on the block.
BLOCKING
Block
Parry
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STRIKING MOTION
- - - - - Shoulders and Hips
Move First
- - - - - Notice Hip Rotation
- Wrist remains straight
on striking hand
KEY POINTS: Hips and upper body must rotate in the direction of and behind the
striking appendage to create needed force. Keep your eyes on the target. Follow
up with another technique and/or move after strike.
Can use any hand configuration,
except Hammer Fist
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HAMMER FIST
- Follow through and
pull straight back to center
as in original Defensive Stance
KEY POINTS: Position hammer fist up near jaw line in preparation of
strike. Upper body and hips move first, as elbow is pointed in the direc-
tion of the attacker. Hammer fist arches downward to target.
Arching Motion of hammer makes
this strike unique
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KNEE STRIKE
- - - - - Drop the eyes to target upon impact
to protect face.
KEY POINTS: Grab neck, arms, hips or shoulders and pull them into the
upward thrusting knee that is targeted at the groin. Use primarily the
strong side knee and repeat if needed. Point toe to the ground on impact.
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STRAIGHT KICK TO GROIN


KEY POINTS: Rotate shoulders and hips first, bring knee up to target
level and kick out with ball of the foot to the pelvic bowl/groin area. Keep
eyes off of the target area and hands up in front, look him in the eyes.
Kick comes from and returns to the knee, not the hip.
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SWEEP KICK
KEY POINTS: Same as Straight Kick except using top of the foot to
influence the attackers groin area. Excellent technique for third party
intervention from behind. Keep eyes off the target, hands up and look
him in the eye.
Kick comes from and returns to the knee, not the hip.
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SNAP KICK
KEY POINTS: Use front or off side leg. Bring knee straight up to
target level from the Defensive Stance, then snap top of foot to the groin
area. Keep eyes off of the target area, look him in the eyes. Strong side
hand does not need to come up, but may for consistency.
Kick comes from and returns to the knee, not the hip.
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HAMMER FIST TO FOREARM


KEY POINTS: Identify target and strike through the forearm with the
hammer fist, while dropping your center. Repeat or escalate if neces-
sary.
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FINGER ROLLS
KEY POINTS: Reach across your body, secure fingers on hip or
shoulder,then roll out suddenly. Hyper extend hand and wrist straight up
while turning out and reinforce with other hand.
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HEEL STOMP TO SHIN/INSTEP


KEY POINTS: Identify target. Raise knee up high and scrape side
of foot down the shin, or thrust heel of foot onto top of foot. Re-
peat as needed.
Raise knee high and use edge of
foot for Scrape or heel of foot for Stomp
Either Stomp or Scrape, as both
cannot be effectively done
in same motion
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BREAKING WRIST GRABS


KEY POINTS: Step back and drop your center, while simulta-
neously pointing the thumbs out and up, arching them with purpose
in an upward/outward direction.
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BREAKING WRIST GRABS


KEY POINTS: Step back and drop your center, while simulta-
neously pointing the thumbs in and down, arching them with pur-
pose in a downward/inward direction.
If technique stalls at bottom, twist the wrists only (not entire
arm)with thumbs pointing inward then up.
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BEAR HUG (REAR)


THE SEVEN STRATEGIES OF DEFENSE
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KEY POINTS: Dont panic. Shift from one technique to another until
the attacker releases. If attacker does not completely release, continue
resistance until grip is loosened, then quickly grab one finger on the
attackers hand and sharply bend back.
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BEAR HUG (FRONT)


THE SEVEN STRATEGIES OF DEFENSE (Hands Up)
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THE SEVEN STRATEGIES OF DEFENSE (Hands Down)
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KEY POINTS: Dont panic. Identify location of your hands and use them
against vulnerable areas
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CHOKE FROM BEHIND (CLOSE)


THE SEVEN STRATIGIES OF DEFENSE
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NOTE: The Heel Kick can be used here. However, due to body positioning of aggressor and
bent back position of defender, it is much more difficult to execute. It is not a primary recom-
mendation.
KEY POINTS: Tuck your chin into the crease of the attackers elbow as
shown on the right. This will protect your airway and the blood flow to and
from your brain, because if either is obstructed you will most likely pass
out. Bring your hands up to assist with chin tuck, then lock attackers arm
in by maintaining pressure on back of elbow.
WRONG RIGHT
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EXTENDED CHOKE FROM BEHIND


KEY POINTS: Thrust arm straight up, locking elbow and trapping
attackers hand between shoulder and neck. Then pivot quickly in the
direction of the extended arm, on the balls of the feet.Run or recreate
reaction time.
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CHOKE FROM FRONT


Strike vulnerable targets immediately.
If aggressors arms are bent, Butterfly Technique will not work.
KEY POINTS: Dont panic. There are a smorgasbord of techniques available
as all of his vulnerable locations are easily accessible. Take the open shot
first then utilize butterfly technique if airway is restricted.
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BUTTERFLY TECHNIQUE
KEY POINTS: Off side hand goes in front of strong side hand. The web of
the hand is placed on the wrist as close to the attackers hand as possible.
Do not grab the attackers wrists and do not push outward in an exagger-
ated fashion. Apply sufficient force to alleviate pressure on your throat
and step back. This is not a strike. If unable to step back, use kicks.
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GETTING TO FEET FROM GROUND


KEY POINTS: While on strong side hip Ground Defense Position, move
from hip and forearm to buttocks and front foot. Then transition weight to
knee and front foot, then to standing on feet in Defensive Stance position.
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GROUND DEFENSE
KEY POINTS: Keep knees together and pull your heels as close to your
posterior as possible. Lift hips while arching back and pushing down
with feet. Throw to one side and continue resistance on vulnerable
locations.
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GROUND DEFENSE
KEY POINTS: Immediately follow up with counter defense once at-
tacker is rolled off.
Hand must be close to side with forearm as vertical as possible.
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GROUND DEFENSE
KEY POINTS: Kick at shins. Pivot point is hip and forearm.
- Set-up position for the many Advanced R.A.D. Program techniques that follow.
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DEVELOPING THE DEFENSIVE MINDSET


One of the key elements in developing the defensive mindset is visualization.
You do not need to enter a hypnotic like state, just allow yourself to become com-
pletely relaxed. Sit or recline comfortably, clear your mind, close your eyes and take
a few slow, deep breaths. Now follow these steps, taking your time and concentrat-
ing on what you are doing at this precise moment, eliminate distractions and relax.
1.) Gently focus your attention on your toes and feet; feel them begin to
relax, enveloped by warm, soothing heaviness. Gradually move this feeling to other
parts of your body, working upward to your face. For a few moments enjoy this
peaceful relaxing state. Continue breathing deeply.
2.) Begin filling your cleared mind with each technique of defense and
imagine yourself practicing with flawless mechanics, generating and transferring all
the force you can create to the target.
3.) Make these images as vivid and detailed as possible. Picture your body
movements, how you look, feel, and act.
4.) See yourself in successful situations of defense, winning time and again.
Do not split your imagery over too many areas at one time; concentrate on a single
scenario, with the brains intensity focused.
5.) After you have engaged in the sharpest imagery possible for several
minutes, tell yourself you can win, you will win and that the scenario you have
pictured is going to happen one day, and you will survive. Repeat these thoughts
over and over, I will survive!!
6.) Now relax for a minute or two, take a few deep breaths, and slowly
open your eyes. Allow yourself a moment to recap your positive defense. During
the upcoming months, employ this mindset training technique two to three times a
week. In this process, you are actively influencing your bodys positive powers
toward achieving the goal most important to you - that is survival!!!
Core Intensity Development is a combination of visualization, physi-
cally stimulated visalization and quality repetitions of technique. Remember,
never sacrifice quality repetitions for quantity movements.
By practicing this technique, your mind and body will begin to act subcon-
sciously to help rid yourself of negative expectations, and attain the survival oriented
mindset you must have for the real world.
The Defensive Mindset is that mindset that says,
I Will Survive!
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MAINTAINING THE DEFENSIVE EDGE


Now that you have learned the philosophies, basic techniques and defensive
applications of the RAD Basic Physical Defense System, I must tell you that nothing
you have learned will work in real life conditions, unless you practice!
Even with an advanced ability to retain information, the body will soon forget
the mechanics of a technique unless it is reinforced through practice. Training that
links the subconscious mind with muscle memory is the staple of many defensive
systems and ours is no different. If a victim is violently attacked without warning, the
conscious mind will probably lack the ability to function productively and the Fight
or Flight Syndrome will become prevalent, overriding reason and consideration.
When this happens, the victims previous conscious training should manifest itself in
subconscious reaction, enhancing and supplementing the instinctive desire to fight
back.
This manual is no quick reference guide, but was designed to help you help
yourself through continued personal training sessions. We recommend practicing at
least once a week for 30 to 45 minutes, best accomplished in a group, supervised by
a certified RAD Instructor. An excellent time to practice is after routine exercise
sessions when the body is warmed up and muscles are loose. Practicing the tech-
niques of defense will increase ones ability to react automatically under high stress
conditions. A good method of practicing is simply striking at the air in front of a
mirror, this is often referred to as spinal tuning. Start at a moderate or slow speed
and increase to a velocity of realistic effectiveness. Remember, quality repetitions
over a quantity of movements.
A better method of practice would be actually striking something; a punching
bag, a folded air mattress or a hand held bag. This type of training is excellent and
dynamic but should begin with spinal tuning and progress at the above mentioned
speed variables.
Visually creating attack scenarios in the mind and practicing the mechanics
of defense learned, will aid the muscles in perfecting a technique for maximum
effectiveness. This will help the victims subconscious mind establish a ready refer-
ence file to draw from when a sudden violent encounter occurs. To be objective,
this serious subject requires a certain degree of dedication. Unsupervised group
sessions tend to be less effective in promoting a defensive mindset, the mindset that
says, I will Survive!! Confidence and proficiency are needed to develop this
mindset, and these can only be obtained through practice. Please seek out R.A.D.
offerings in your area and take advantage of your right to return and practice, free of
charge when you bring your manual with you.
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LIFETIME PRACTICE POLICY


It is a widely recognized fact that physical skills must be practiced to be
maintained, and that nothing we learn will remain forever ingrained in our minds,
unless it is used periodically. Many self defense programs encourage their students
to practice. It is the policy of R.A.D. Systems not only to encourage our students to
practice statically in front of a mirror, or through visualization, but to return to the
formal training environment and practice with the guidance of a trained instructor.
R.A.D. Instructors benefit greatly from the network of qualified, experienced instruc-
tors around the country, all teaching from the same curriculum. However, our
students benefit even more from this network, in that R.A.D. instructors honor one
another students. This means the woman who attends a basic physical defense
program in Massachusetts, and then relocates to Louisiana may return and practice
to any R.A.D. program she sees advertised in the area, cost free. This is especially
important and beneficial to college and university communities, whose population is
generally transient and constantly evolving. This policy underlines our basic belief
that self defense training for women should be not only practical, but affordable.
At this writing, I know of no other self defense program that encourages
students to return and practice, cost free. This policy makes R.A.D. Systems unique
in that our network provides consistency with instruction and an available forum to
practice.
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 Instructor
signature. This will encourage our students to retain possession of these manuals and
use them for future reference.
As Options Are Developed,
the Viability of Their
Effectiveness is Magnified.
L. Nadeau
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REFERENCES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


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Cohen, A. (1988). Street Wise! A Womans Guide to Personal Safety. New
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Gordon, M.T. & Riger, S. (1989). The Female Fear. New York: The Free Press.
Harmon, P. (1992). The Danger Zone. Illinois: Parkside Publishing Corp.
Klugiewicz, G. (1990). Defense and Arrest Tactics Manual. Active Countermea-
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Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, (LACAAW). Los Angeles,
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Martin, L. (1992). A Life Without Fear. Tennessee: Rutledge Press.
Nadeau, L. (1993). Basic Defensive Tactics Instructors Manual. Tidewater
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This program, including manuals and visual aids, has


been developed by the Founder of Rape Aggression Defense
Systems, Inc. and is intended solely for use in its present form
by certified Rape Aggression Defense Instructors. The unautho-
rized use of this program is prohibited and may result in legal
action. Inquiries as to possible modifications or special use of
this program should be directed to:
Director of Instructional Development
Rape Aggression Defense Systems, Inc.
23305 Hwy 16
Denham Springs, Louisiana 70726
Rape Aggression Defense Systems, Inc., its Founder, Execu-
tive Board, System Instructors and advisors accept no liability
for any injuries to any person or property resulting from train-
ing or the application of any of the techniques, ideas, or proce-
dures either presented or implied during this course or depicted
in its manual.

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I WILL SURVIVE AND KEEP


GOING, NO MATTER WHAT!