And here is the Washington Post’s story on it.
For Defend Yourself’s testimony on the final bill, go here.
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To my surprise, I found the verbal parts of the class the most beneficial. Instead of just preparing us for the chance of an all-out attack, we learned skills that have been helping me to navigate more assertively through everyday situations. You helped all of us to view self-defense holistically, and asked us to question our role in making this world less violent.
The teachers are nonjudgmental: they are not going to tell you that what you are doing is wrong.
Lauren is very encouraging and patient. An excellent teacher, she makes everyone feel comfortable.
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.
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.
Inspiring, caring, understanding, strong, and self-assured.
The teachers role-modeled being strong women.
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 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.
This class was a springboard. Now I know where I need to go in the rest of my life.