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.'"
Find out how you can bring us to your favorite hangout here.
What would you like to say
to a harasser?
Defend Yourself students worked with Collective Action for Safe Spaces to create art saying exactly what they would like to say. Photographer Graham Patrick shares them here on his blog, Daily Act of Disobedience. Let us know -- via email or a picture of your own -- what your perfect response would be!