Self Defense for Women 

What would you do if you found yourself faced with a violent or other dangerous situation? Would you run? Would you comply with your attacker's demands? Would you defend yourself? No two situations are the same, but you CAN develop a plan to help you survive an attack. After all, YOU are the one who is ultimately responsible for your personal safety.
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The R.A.D. Systems is a series of empowering programs that offers a holistic and non-threatening approach to learning self-defense. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, but rather a mixture of risk awareness education and physical defense tools that are found to be most effective in a physical encounter.  

R.A.D. for Women

Instructional Objective:

"To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked."

Basic Physical Defense for Women

The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Basic Physical Defense Program for Women is a 12-hour course offered exclusively to women and young women. A variety of topics are covered, with an emphasis on the "4 Risks of Personal Safety", physical defense techniques, and responsibility in decision-making.
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2018 Class Schedule

- October 30, November 1, 5, & 7 (7pm-10pm)
(Night 1 begins at 6:30pm.)

Please Note:  Attendance at all sessions is required.
*Class location will be sent directly to those students who
are registered.
  Register HERE

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A $15 equipment fee applies for first-time students. Payment is accepted at the first session.

Advanced Self-defense for Women

The R.A.D. Advanced Self-Defense Program for Women includes, in its entirety, 25 hours of advanced physical defense instruction. Designed to be broken up into 1/2-hour to 3-hour blocks, each section in this program provides students with a different physical technique that builds on skills and knowledge learned in the Basic program. Completion of the R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Program is required for enrollment in any Advanced Self-Defense class.

​R.A.D. Program Coordinator

SPO C.D. Sharp
Tel: 703-257-8110

*Attendance at all ten classes is highly encouraged but not mandatory.
**Class location will be sent directly to those students who are registered.

Free Return & Practice Policy

Once you take a class, don't stop there - R.A.D. offers a Free Return & Practice Policy so you can retake a class and practice your skills anytime, anywhere, for FREE.

Additional Resources

Action in Community Through Service, or ACTS, staff and volunteers welcome people in crisis and are committed to providing their expertise and ACTS resources to help them see options at times when they feel they have none. At times, their crises can be alleviated through one contact and short term assistance. In other cases, the crises may take longer to address such as in the areas of domestic violence and thoughts of suicide. We invite people to share their stories and feelings about issues that as a community we are not always ready to air in the public forum. However, we believe to change lives and create a safe and welcoming community, we must face the issues of homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and suicide that don’t allow people to reach their potential.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 703-368-4141
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ACTS Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Service (SAVAS)
Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Service (SAVAS) is the Sexual Assault Crisis Center for Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park, Virginia. SAVAS serves both the English- and Spanish-speaking communities. All services are provided at no cost to all victims of sexual assault and their loved ones.

24-Hour Hotline: 703-497-1192 (All services are confidential.)
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)
VINE allows survivors of crime to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and offender status 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To use VINE and begin receiving real-time updates by a method of your choosing (phone, email, etc), search and register for an offender by visiting VINE online or by calling 1-800-467-4943 (TTY: 1-800-847-1298).
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RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Sexual violence comes in many forms. It includes unwanted fondling, touching, rape, and incest, and can include other forms of violence that are connected with sexual violence. Educate yourself on the signs and effects of sexual violence by visiting the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) online. If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For confidential help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call RAINN's National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673).
Suggested Reading
- The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence (Gavin de Becker, 1997)
- Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) (Gavin de Becker, 1999)
- Fear Less: Real Truth About Risk, Safety and Security In a Time of Terrorism (Gavin de Becker, 2001)
- Fight Like a Girl...and Win: Defense Decisions for Women (Lori Hartman Gervasi, 2007)