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Personal Safety for Women

Personal Safety for Women

About Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

The Vienna Police Department, in partnership with the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems of Self Defense and Navy Federal Credit Union, has been proud to offer personal safety classes to women for more than 20 years. RAD is a system of self-defense courses provided in cities and on college campuses throughout the United States and Canada. 

The RAD for Women Basic Physical Defense program focuses on risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition, and risk avoidance education in conjunction with basic physical defense techniques. Our overall goal is to reduce victimization through informed decision-making and sensible actions.   

Each session consists of four classes at Navy Federal Credit Union's Training Center.  Classes are taught in both a classroom setting and with hands-on training in personal safety. Within this safe and controlled environment, role playing is utilized to help develop and enhance the options of self-defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. 

Register for RAD System Classes

To register, please complete the 
online form.  If you have any questions, you may email Sgt. Kristin Ruddy or leave a voicemail at 703-255-7805.  

Vienna RAD sessions take place three times per year.  Classes run from 6:45-10pm at the Navy Federal Credit Union's Training Center. 

Registration is only accepted for the immediately upcoming session

The 2018 session schedule is:         

·         May 1, 3, 8, 10 (Tuesday/Thursday classes)

·         July 30, August 1, 6, 8 (Monday/Wednesday classes)

·         November 6, 8, 13, 15 (Tuesday/Thursday classes)


There is an equipment fee of $15 due the first night of class.  Cash and checks made out to the Vienna Police Department are accepted.  Change is limited so exact cash is always appreciated though not required.