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. THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please email us if you’d like to be notified when the next one is scheduled: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
Thank you for a wonderful class. I will spread the word around my high school and to every interested girl/woman I know!
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
This class exceeded my expectations! I looked forward to class and the chance to practice my skills. I enjoyed the supportive environment and the space to develop strategies for confronting harassment.
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.
Thank you for such an empowering, confidence-inspiring class. When you first announced that the class would teach both verbal and physical defense, I was a bit hesitant–I presumed I already knew how to verbally defend myself, and thought I was ready to get down to more ‘hard core’ self-defense moves.
This class not only showed me how to defend my body, but it taught me how to express myself as well. It nurtured my soul and showed me that to be a woman does not mean that I am physically helpless.
This class showed me that . . . I have every right to defend myself and take care of myself the best way I know how. My first responsibility is to myself.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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