Defend Yourself works to empower people
— especially women and LGBTQ people – to end violence and create a world where they can be fully themselves.
In our classes you’ll learn skills to help you prevent, interrupt, heal from, and end violence and abuse.
You’ll leave with skills for dealing with everything from bothersome people to full-on attacks.
July 25, Fight the Fear: A free workshop hosted by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile!
August 1, Staying safe around strangers: For rising kindergarteners.
What can we do for you?
Join a class that Defend Yourself has set up, or create one just for your group! Or take our Safe Bars program, Defend Yourself’s bystander intervention program for bar, club, and restaurant staffs.
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
This class opened a door for me that I didn’t know existed. I know exactly what I would do if I needed to. It was the first time in my life that I felt that. Even if something happened, I would still feel safe in myself.
I feel so much stronger and more confident. Now I feel good about saying ‘no’ to something I don’t want, where I used to feel bad about it. This is a big change!
When I took my [previous self-defense] class, I learned how to fend off physical attacks, but it took me much, much longer to learn how to develop and maintain healthy relationships. I spent too many years in an abusive relationship . . . Now I’m a lot more careful about defending my self—which is why your class was so important to me.
This class has given me a powerful toolkit and the confidence to yell ‘NO’ and know I have every right to say it. It’s helped me rethink my personal boundaries and feel good about maintaining them.
To my surprise, I found the verbal parts of the class the most beneficial. Instead of just preparing us for the chance of an all-out attack, we learned skills that have been helping me to navigate more assertively through everyday situations. You helped all of us to view self-defense holistically, and asked us to question our role in making this world less violent.
I wish other women/girls could experience THIS feeling of girrrrlpower, instead of listening to Cosmo and Glamour to tell them where their power lies.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate ‘no’ into my everyday life.
Bothering leads to dangerous things and situations if we aren’t careful. We want to try to stop the situation before it gets really dangerous! There are bullies that can start at just being annoying by talking and saying those mean things but it can turn into something very dangerous if you are not careful. So the key is to be very smart and think before you act. – from the book by our students at Jump Start Girls/Adelante Niñas