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.
July 25, Fight the Fear: A free workshop hosted by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile!
August 1, Staying safe around strangers: For rising kindergarteners. (This workshop is full! Contact us if you want to be on the waiting list.)
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!
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!
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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.
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.
I feel more confident and like I can get through anything.
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
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.
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