Where are your keys?
When you’re out and about, do you keep your keys out, ready to use as a weapon if you’re attacked? Having a “found weapon” (something around you that you can use to bolster your strikes) is a great idea, and keys are one of the best. But lots of people have gotten the idea that they should carry their keys interwoven between their knuckles, and that’s something that I, as a self-defense teacher of almost 30 years, think is a bad idea. more»
Inside a Defend Yourself workshop
Take a look at what happens in a Defend Yourself workshop. Noorjahan Akbar made this video for her masters in journalism. Many thanks to the DC & Baltimore Service Corps Members who let her visit the workshop.
LGBTQ folks: Get some skills!
Safety skills for LGBTQ women and transmen
Saturday, Oct. 25, 1-4 pm. Basic skills (prevention and avoidance, verbal skills, and physical strikes) for anyone who identifies as an LGBTQ woman or transman and is 16 years old or older. Cost: $79; limited sliding-scale spaces for those who can't afford the full fee. Location: TBA. For more info, read our FAQ sheet.
Too drunk to know better?
New research found that "Young women are often the targets of aggression when they're out in bars, but the problem isn't that guys are too drunk to know better. Instead, men are preying on women who have had too much to drink," according to NPR.
The solution, in part, is training bystanders -- especially bar and club staffs -- to intervene. And that's where Defend Yourself and partner Collective Action for Safe Spaces come in. Our new Safe Bars program offers just such training to bars and clubs in the D.C. area.
Defend Yourself's Lauren Taylor told NPR that "she realizes that this goes beyond just how people behave on Saturday night. 'Really what we're talking about is changing rape culture,' Taylor says. '[Rape culture] is the overall messaging throughout our culture that says this kind of behavior is allowed.'" Safe Bars was also featured on Slate.
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Have you ever had to use it?
Here's what Lauren Taylor, director of Defend Yourself, has to say:
When people find out about my work, one of their most common responses is a question: Have you ever had to use it?
My answer: Every day. more»