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If you’re a reporter, opinion writer, editor, or producer, we’re happy to speak with you! If it has to do with harassment, abuse, or assault, you’ve come to the right place.
Defend Yourself staff — Director Lauren Taylor and our crew of trainers — have extensive expertise in key contemporary issues. Reach out to us if you’d like to know more about:
- Active bystander skills for stopping gender-based violence, hate directed at Asian Americans, hate directed at Black Americans, and more.
- Preventing and interrupting workplace sexual harassment and creating safe and respectful workplace cultures.
- De-escalation skills for those who work in public-facing jobs.
- Prevalence and effects of sexual, domestic/family, and other gender-based violence, including trauma and healing.
- Boundary-setting, assertiveness, and physical skills for preventing and interrupting gender-based violence.
- What to say when someone tells you they’ve been harassed, abused, or assaulted.
- The intersections of racist and sexist violence, and more.
See selected news coverage and features
Selected news coverage: Defend Yourself
- “Ahead of Trump inauguration, this group trains bystanders to stand up to hate,” The Washington Post
- “A Sisterhood Of Sexual Assault Survivors Are Sharing Stories, Shouting Back,” Joshua Johnson, The 1A, WAMU/NPR
- “Self-Defense Beyond the Breakthrough,” Ms. Magazine
- We can chip away at rape culture by teaching girls emotional self-defense, Quartz
- “Defend Yourself workshops teach rape prevention,” DCist
- “Do It! With Justin: Best Self-Defense,” MetroWeekly
- “How bystanders can help groping victims,” Washington City Paper
- “Five self-defense moves you can practice at home,” Washingtonian
- “5 self-defense tips every woman should know,” The Girlfriend from AARP
- “Crime uptick in and near Capitol Hill drives some to learn self-defense skills,” The Washington Post
- “We’ve been teaching women to defend themselves all wrong,” Washingtonian
Selected news coverage: Safe Bars
- “What to say — and what not to say — when someone tells you they have been sexually assaulted,” The Lily (The Washington Post)
- “Don’t laugh: I have a serious reason for raising my cats gender-neutral,” The Washington Post
- “Alcohol isn’t the cause of campus sexual assault. Men are.” The Washington Post
- “No, catcalling is not an attempt to ‘be nice,’” The Washington Post
- “The Assertive Response to ‘Hey Baby,’” The Washington Post
- “Why It Can Be Hard To Say ‘No’ And How To Do It Anyways,” Everyday Feminism
- “The Power of Feminist Self-Defense,” Ms. Magazine
- “How Do YOU Respond to Street Harassment? Here Are Some Suggestions,” Ms. Blog
- “Walking Out on Spouse Abuse,” Washington Post
- “Memo to White Women: Don’t Be George Zimmerman,” Everyday Feminism
- “Actually, Miss USA is right: Self-defense can prevent sexual assaults,” The Washington Post
Book a speaker
Defend Yourself’s director, Lauren Taylor, and its crew of smart, experienced trainers offer lively, interactive presentations on solutions to gender-based violence. Audiences leave with new perspectives and practical skills they can use right away.
Sample topics include:
- Empowerment self-defense for stopping harassment, abuse, and assault
- Safe on the streets: Skills for dealing with harassment in public spaces
- Active bystander skills for stopping hate
- Creating safe and respectful workplace cultures
- De-escalation skills for public-facing workers
Selected speaking engagements
Selected speaking engagements
- Creating Change (The National LGBTQ Task Force)
- National Conference of College Women Leaders (American Association of University Women)
- National Sexual Assault Conference
- National Center for Victims of Crime’s national training institute
- American Society for Microbiology/Microbe
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