For those of you in the Foggy Bottom area...

Here is some information on a self defense class that was given to us... sign up if you have a chance!

Hi all! Hope you are well. Here are few updates. --Lauren

Here's what you'll find below

  • Workshop for LGBTQI people is THIS Saturday...
  • Then one for teens going to college ...
  • Check out the workshops for the fall: Middle-Schoolers & Moms; Guns, Knives & More; and Intro for Women/Girls 16+
  • Where we've been
  • "I said no and I am proud"
  • Thought-provoking news

Self-defense basics for the LGBTQI community

Join us to learn: How to prevent and avoid harassment, attack, and abuse...How to stop a threatening situation with words...Moves to use against common attacks. We'll address the range of situations you might encounter, including hate crimes and abusive relationships.
  • Saturday, June 27, 11 am - 2 pm
  • For anyone who identifies as LGBTQI or an ally, ages 18 and up
  • Downtown DC at MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) (near Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center on the Yellow and Green Lines)
  • $37 before June 19, $43 after. Sign up with a friend/family member and get $5 off each

Get ready for college: Self-defense for rising high school seniors and first-year college students

We'll address the range of situations you might encounter, including unwanted sexual attention (including rape), and use of alcohol/drugs and technology to violate boundaries.

  • Saturday, August 1, 1-4 pm
  • In Bethesda near Cedar Lane
  • $39 before July 15, $57 after. Sign up with a friend/family member and get $5 off each

Coming up

  • Intro to self defense for middle-schoolers (and moms): a Saturday in September
  • Guns, knives, and more (for those who have taken some self defense): a Saturday in October
  • Intro to self defense (for women and girls 16+): a Sunday in November

You can now pay for classes with Paypal. For more info or to register, contact me at 301-608-3708 or lauren@defendyourself.org. Limited scholarships for low-income people.

Where we've been

Some of the places we've presented in the past few months:

  • Achievers Club/Rockville Community Center
  • Akridge
  • Black Gay Pride Town Hall on Intimate Partner Violence
  • Discovery Communications
  • Go Girls!/ YMCA Youth & Family Services
  • SISTERS/Family Support Center (several elementary, middle, and high schools in Montgomery County and DC)
  • Teen Life Clubs/Children's Hospital
  • Temple Shalom
  • WIN (Women's Information Network)/Women Opening Doors for Women
  • World Bank
  • Younger Women's Task Force

Did you know Defend Yourself offers customized workshops? We will come to your workplace, community group, gathering of family/friends, Girl Scout troop, bowling or book club... you name it! The workshop can be as short or long as you like, and located conveniently for you.

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