Empowering women through self-defense education.

Our Mission

To empower women through self-defense education.

Our mission is accomplished in several parts: by sponsoring individuals to become certified self-defense instructors; donating equipment to organizations teaching self-defense and rape prevention classes; sponsoring self-defense classes; and through educational materials to provide information on rape prevention and self-defense.

Our Story

In April of 2011, Lily Konowitz, then a senior at Newton South High School, traveled to Aruba with family friends for her vacation break. While there, a stranger attacked Lily in a restaurant bathroom. Lily fought back. She used the techniques that she had learned in a self-defense class, sponsored by the Newton Massachusetts Police Department just three weeks before. The class was part of a program called R.A.D. (Rape; Aggression; Defense). Lily escaped with only physical injuries, which would have been far worse if she had not taken the R.A.D. self-defense class and fought back. The Lily Konowitz Foundation for Women's Safety was established in the summer of 2011. In 2014, the organization's name was officially changed to Stand Up! for Women's Safety.

Lily's Letter to RAD Systems"...I am writing to say thank you. Your intensive self-defense program is what enabled me to defend myself against an attacker without suffering any permanent or life-threatening injuries..."
Read the rest of Lily's letter to R.A.D. Systems.

R.A.D. Instructor Certification Program

As part of our ongoing mission, Stand Up! for Women’s Safety sponsors instructors to become R.A.D. certified.

Rape Aggression Defense Systems is the largest women's physical self-defense network in the USA today. R.A.D. Systems courses are taught at over 1,500 colleges, universities, and other community organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. R.A.D. is also the only self-defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Upon successful completion of the program, participants in this R.A.D. Instructor Course will be certified to teach the R.A.D. Systems of Basic Physical Defense for Women. This intense three-day, 30 hour Instructor Certification Program is a cost effective way to obtain your own self-defense instructor(s) certification and offer this program to the women in your community. This course is the most comprehensive program of its kind, and now your agency can utilize the basic tailored format as a part of your overall crime prevention and/or education package.

Our Instructor Certification Program is dynamic, but one does not need prior self-defense training to successfully complete the program. The course is taught in a relaxed environment that is conducive to learning our tested instructional techniques, tactics, and unique insights into the problem of violence against women. Our program includes physical defense workouts for technique development and includes exercises that are designed to empower the women in your community to practice what they have learned about confrontational situations.

To learn more about the R.A.D. Systems Instructor Certification, visit http://www.rad-systems.com.