Lauren has been studying and teaching self-defense since 1985. She has taught classes to about 20,000 people of all ages and genders and of all walks of life. She specializes in classes for women, for people with disabilities, for LGBTQ/gender nonconforming people, and for survivors of abuse and assault.
Lauren also writes extensively on interpersonal violence. Selected articles and more:
- “The Assertive Response to ‘Hey Baby,’” Washington Post
- “Why It Can Be Hard To Say ‘No’ And How To Do It Anyways,” Everyday Feminism
- “How Do YOU Respond to Street Harassment? Here Are Some Suggestions,” Ms. Blog
- “How to Defend Yourself: 9 videos” MonkeySee
- “Top list Tuesday: 5 self-defense techniques you didn’t know you could use,” TAGG magazine
- “Walking Out on Spouse Abuse,” Washington Post
- “Memo to White Women: Don’t Be George Zimmerman,” Everyday Feminism
- “Prudence Doesn’t Know Best About Rape Prevention: 3 Actual Tools,” Everyday Feminism
- “Do you know how to protect yourself if you are physically attacked?” The Daily Drum, WHUR 96.3
- “Actually, Miss USA is right: Self-defense can prevent sexual assaults,” Washington Post
- “How to Help a Woman Who is Being Abused,” BeFearless, Oxygen Media
- “4 Things You Didn’t Know about Self-Defense,” Discovery
- “Has Rape Reporting Increased Over Time?” National Institute of Justice Journal
- “How to Strengthen Your Community Against Domestic Violence,” BeFearless, Oxygen Media
- “The War At Home: The Defense Department Takes Aim at Domestic Violence,” Government Executive magazine
- “Sexual Assault in Abusive Relationships,” National Institute of Justice Journal
Lauren earned a black belt in tae kwon do in 1995 and was certified as a self-defense instructor by the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation in 2000.
Lauren’s self-defense expertise is bolstered by her experience in related fields: as a counselor at a women’s clinic; a founder of My Sister’s Place (DC’s shelter for battered women and their children); the education coordinator of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund; and as one of the organizers of the 1978 March to Stop Violence Against Women (DC’s first Take Back the Night March).