can defend themselves!
Defend Yourself for middle schoolers (and moms) workshop will be held Monday, Aug. 18, 6-8 pm, location TBA.
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.
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»
What is self-defense?
Many people think of self-defense as what they would do if someone jumped them in a parking lot or dark alley.
We do teach ways to fight off an attacker. But self-defense is much more than that! It is a set of skills--verbal, emotional, mental, and physical--that you can use to keep yourself safe, claim your space, set limits, say no, heal from abuse or attacks, and live the life you want to live. more»