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 better equipped to deal with everything from bothersome people to full-on attacks.
Bystanders Who Won’t Stand By: Skills-based intervention training: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017 at 1230-330 pm, Takoma.
Be Your Own Bystander: Empowerment Self-Defense Intensive: Tues., Jan. 17 to March 28 (skipping Valentine’s Day), 630-830 pm, Gallery Place.
You CAN Defend Yourself: Friday, Jan. 20, 6 -8 pm, Bethesda
Love Yourself: Empowerment Self-Defense for all Genders: Sat., Feb. 18, 130-430 pm, Columbia Heights
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. Or just one click and you can learn something now!
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 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.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
I feel more confident, yet not complacent. I am learning to incorporate ‘no’ into my everyday life.
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
I unfortunately had to use some tactics I learned from the workshop, as I was assaulted at the beach this summer. I honestly believe that I avoided a rape because of your training.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
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.
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