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Request an interview or quote

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.
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Lauren Taylor in a recording studio at 1A
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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
  • “How bartenders fight harassment and workplace violence,” CNN        
  • “When Harassment Is the Price of a Job,” The Nation              
  • and  Slate, NPR, Wine & Spirits, Imbibe, The Spirits Business, Tales of the Cocktail, Restaurant Hospitality, and more!
A member of the DY team testifying about public safety at a council meeting.

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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