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Self-Defense

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, safety planning, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program.


Upcoming R.A.D. Courses

Sheri Owen, SARA's Outreach Director, is a certified R.A.D. instructor. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-295-7273 for information on scheduled R.A.D. trainings or to request a training for your group.


Local R.A.D. Programs

We are fortunate to have four organizations in Charlottesville that offer the R.A.D. program for women. Below is the contact information for those program instructors. Each program will offer classes at different times throughout the year, so please contact those program instructors directly if you are interested in taking the class with them.

  • UVA Women’s Center: Lisa Speidel, 434- 982-2910, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Women's Experiential Empowerment (WE2): Michele Zehr, visit their website here.
  • UVA Police Department: Officer Angela Tabler, 434-531-5600, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Charlottesville Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff James Brown, 434-970-3777, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Upcoming Events

Alex and Ani Charmed by Charity benefitting SARA
Sep 26 2017 - Sep 26 2017
05:00PM - 08:00PM
Adult Women's DBT Skills Training Group
Sep 27 2017 - Sep 27 2017
06:30PM - 08:30PM
SARA partners with The Graduate
Sep 28 2017 - Sep 28 2017
05:30PM - 07:30PM
Adult Women's Survivor's Group
Oct 02 2017 - Oct 02 2017
06:30PM - 07:30PM
Connections Group - Voices
Oct 03 2017 - Oct 03 2017
04:30PM - 06:00PM

About SARA

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Communities Served

We are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and serve:

  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County
  • Louisa County
  • Nelson County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Greene County

Contact SARA

 Charlottesville, Virginia

 24-Hour Hotline: 434-977-7273
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 Office: 434-295-7273

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