The Albany County R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense)Team offers training to give the women of Albany County the opportunity to learn self-defense training techniques and tactics that are used to prevent violent personal attacks and potential sexual assaults.


Over the past 25 years R.A.D. Trainings have provided over 900,000 women with training designed to give them the upper hand when faced with the threat of a sexual assault or violent personal attack.  R.A.D. Training for women consists of Basic Self Defense, in addition to optional instructor training for those who wish to teach the classes to others. Each 12 hour course consists of risk awareness and reduction education as well as learning different types of self-defense techniques, and culminates in a simulation allowing participants the opportunity to use what they have learned in realistic training scenarios against “aggressors” wearing special safety equipment.

The Albany County R.A.D. Team is sponsored by the Office of the Albany County District Attorney and the Albany County Sheriff’s Department through funds that have been seized from criminals.  The team will be hosts free self-defense training courses, in addition to courses designed to train instructors.  

For more information on the Albany County R.A.D. Team, please contact the District Attorney's Office Community Justice Outreach Center at (518) 275-4735.

  1. Cindy Forte with David Soares
  2. Aggressor and Target Demonstrators
  3. Cindy Forte - Badge of Honor
  4. RAD Announcement Display
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I fight like a girl who refuses to be a victim.
I fight like a girl who OFFERS
and DEMANDS RESPECT.
I fight like a girl who doesn’t believe in
FEAR and SUBMISSION.
I fight like a girl who knows that
THIS BODY and THIS MIND are mine.
I fight like a girl who knows that
YOU ONLY HAVE AS MUCH POWER
AS I GRANT YOU.
I fight like a girl who will never
allow you to take more than I offer.
I fight like a girl who FIGHTS BACK.

So next time you think you can distract yourself

from your insecurities by victimizing a girl,
THINK AGAIN.

She may be ME and

I FIGHT LIKE A GIRL