Chimera Self Defense Program


Email -- Chimera Self Defense Program -- Rape Crisis Center Main Email

(608) 251-5126 -- Rape Crisis Center Main Office
(608) 251-7273 -- Rape Crisis Helpline 24/7: Mon-Friday 9 am - 5 pm for all services (any other time there are limited services)
(608) 258-2567 -- Español

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Class Address
McConnell Hall
1010 Mound Street
Madison, WI 53715

Main Office Address
Rape Crisis Center
2801 Coho Street, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53713

Campus Office
333 East Campus Mall, #7901
Madison, WI 53715-1384

Chimera is a nationwide self-defense program designed especially for women. Chimera classes teach physical and psychological self-defense skills useful to all women, regardless of age, size, strength or physical ability. Learn awareness, precautions, assertiveness and physical techniques. Chimera is dedicated to teaching women and girls they have the right and ability to protect themselves from violence.

Chimera teaches women and girls that they have the right and ability to protect themselves. All techniques are easy to learn and use, and are designed to help the defender stop the attack and escape.

  • sexual assault myths and facts
  • the effectiveness of resistance
  • awareness skills
  • assertiveness skills
  • physical skills
  • defenses for harassment and assault by acquaintances and strangers
  • defenses for multiple attackers
  • advanced ground techniques
  • strategies for dealing with weapons
  • protection in and around cars

Campus classes are taught each semester, including the summer session. Check the website for a listing of the class schedule. 

Classes are held in McConnell Hall (located across the street from the Meriter Hospital Main Entrance on 1010 Mound Street). Click here for parking available near McConnell Hall.

Pre-registration is required. We must receive your registration form and payment no later than one week before the first class date to guarantee your spot in the class.  Basic Chimera is $120 per person or $75 for students/seniors.

For more information on Chimera classes, call the Rape Crisis Center.

Additional private classes can be adapted for specialized populations including mother-daughter, LGBTQ and elderly audiences. One instructor can teach groups up to 30 people. Private classes are $150/hour per instructor ($100/hour for non-profit and government agencies). Requesters will need to provide their own space and fill out a request form that can be found here.