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: Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mt. Rainier, Md.
Empowerment Self-Defense Intensive: Tuesdays, July 11-September 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hyattsville Mennonite Church, 4217 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, Md.
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!
Her calm, steady energy felt reassuring.
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 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 wish other women/girls could experience THIS feeling of girrrrlpower, instead of listening to Cosmo and Glamour to tell them where their power lies.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.
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.
Everybody needs this!
What an empowering, enlightening class! You gave me a wonderfully empowering gift – the ability to speak! You helped take away some of the fear that I had by having me realize that I have some power within.
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!
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