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Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) | Self-defense training for women

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According to statistics, 78 women are forcibly raped every hour in the United States. Just as startling: One out of four college women reported being sexually assaulted sometime during their four years of school.
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The Franklin Police Department is proud to offer free self-defense training to women who live or work in Williamson County. The training incorporates awareness building, prevention, risk reduction & avoidance, as well as hands-on self-defense training by experienced police officers.

This 12-hour program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training. Mothers & daughters are encouraged to attend this free training together.

Helping to provide this training is something that I always look forward to,” RAD Instructor, Sergeant Amy Butler said. “Participants walk away from this experience with a renewed feeling of confidence that they can avoid or overcome an attacker, we just show them how.”

For more information, or to register for or schedule a class, contact Sergeant Amy Butler at (615) 794-2513.  You can also download a RAD registration form here.

Class Schedule

Classes are held four times a year; special offerings, however, are available upon request to groups of 15 or more. If you are a Franklin employer or organization and would like to offer this program to your ladies, we can work with you to arrange a special offering at Police Headquarters.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need any prior experience to attend this class? Do I need to be in top physical shape to participate?

No, this program is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.

What is the cost to attend the program?

This free program is offered by the Franklin Police Department as a public service to the ladies in our community.  

Can I bring my teenage daughter with me?

Yes, we encourage mothers and daughters to attend this program together. In addition to developing and enhancing your self-defense options, this four-part series makes for an excellent mother/daughter bonding experience. 

How long is the program?

This 12-hour program is divided into four 3-hour sessions.


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