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SUPD offering Rape Aggression Defense Courses for Students

Sylvain Gaulier recently sat with Suffolk University Police Department Officer Jameson Yee. They discussed the department’s effort to raise awareness against rape and to help teach students how to defend themselves form it.

What motivated you to conduct these courses?

SUPD has been offering Rape Aggression Defense courses for a number of years now. Recently, we have begun a more aggressive campaign in spreading the word about these courses. With so many information sharing platforms, such as social media, we can use these as ways to post about the courses to the university community.


The course is a fantastic program that teaches females how to increase their risk awareness, and plan for risk reduction. It goes over safety measures and practices, as well as self-defense techniques, and is a great way to meet other. It teaches the participants how to think and plan safely in their everyday lives, and brings attention to being aware of your surroundings, keeping yourself safe and self-reliance.


 Where and when are the courses held?

SUPD usually hold two sessions per semester, and the locations may vary but will always be on campus. The RAD Basic Women’s self-defense is a 12 hours program, and we will break up into 3 or 4 classes over a number of weeks. A participant must attend all the classes to complete the program, and each session equals to the 12 hour requirement. We post our class schedules on our social media sites:





The University email that all department instructors have access to for questions:


This semester our first session will be held on Mondays from 5pm-9pm at 120 Tremont (Law School) on September 8, 15 and 22.


Session 2 will be held in November on Saturdays from 12pm-4pm in the Ridgeway Gym on November 1, 8 and 15.


How much does the course cost?

The course is free of charge and is open to all members of Suffolk University (Students, Staff and Faculty), as well as members of the community.


Who teaches these courses?

All instructors must be nationally certified with RAD Systems, and keep their certification up to date every year. To become an instructor, an individual must go through and pass a three day, 30 hour, instructors course. RAD Systems allows any female to become an instructor, but males who apply are usually active law enforcement or military personnel. Non-Law enforcement or military males interested in becoming instructors must undergo an application process that is headed by RAD Systems headquarters.


All instructors who organize and run the programs at Suffolk University are members of SUPD in various ranks with in the department. We will also work in collaboration with other local and campus police departments with their certified instructors as well.


What do the students precisely learn?

The course focuses on education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for women of all ages and abilities. We want the student to walk away with not just self-defense techniques, but self-awareness and with a confidence in both their mental and physical abilities. We discuss safe practices when they are at home or out, as well as safety measures for various situations. Self-defense techniques as well as discussions over legal issues will also be conducted during the course.


Does SUPD work with others campuses to help fight crime?

SUPD does work with local and other campus agencies on a consistent basis to share information, which would include pertinent information that could assist us in safe guarding our community.


Do you intend to teach these classes every year?

Yes, we plan to have at least 2 sessions per semester. We can also work with students and/or student groups or putting together classes that may fit their schedules as well.


Do you consider it as a success so far (in terms of motivation, commitment, and learning)?

I do consider the program to be successful. With the help of social media platforms as well as the incredible support by other Suffolk University offices and departments (Student Affairs, Residence Life and Housing, OCHO, and many others) there has been more attention on the program. It is always rewarding to us, to see the participants who are committed to furthering their personal safety through education in the program. The program allows our instructors to also get to know the participants on a more personal level, and it is always great to see a RAD “graduate” around campus practicing what they learned in the course.

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