National R.A.D. Program founded by ODU Police Officer
In 1989, ODU Police Officer, Lawrence ("Larry") N. Nadeau, started The R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense with his colleague Sheri Iachetta. Today R.A.D. is an internationally recognized alliance of self-defense educators dedicated to enhancing defensive options for those most at risk. R.A.D. is the largest organization of its kind and the only such organization or program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the National Self Defense Institute (NSDI) and the National Academy of Defense Education.
Larry's self defense philosophies have been taught at over 4,300 known colleges, universities, city, county, parish, state and federal law enforcement agencies nationwide and internationally, in addition to being taught at hundreds of sexual assault and women's resource centers across the country. His unique curriculums are offered at many educational institutions as fully accredited courses of study and are currently being taught on numerous military installations worldwide (USAF, USA, USN and the USMC).
ODU continues to offer the Rape Agressions Defense (R.A.D.) training started by Larry on this very campus, to teach women realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Taught by ODU Police Officers who are nationally-certified R.A.D. instructors, the course begins with awareness, prevention, risk education, and risk avoidance, and progresses to hands-on basic defense training. Though R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, it is dedicated to teaching women defense concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics.
R.A.D. is not only informative, but FUN. In the last class, students have a chance to test their new skills in simulated "attacks" by officers in protective gear. Women who complete the course will leave with developed and enhanced options of self-defense to make educated decisions about resistance when attacked.