Dear friends, We have BIG NEWS! BIG NEWS #1: First, the National Street Harassment Hotline has launched! Call 855-897-5910. We'd like your help in g

     
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Dear friends,

We have BIG NEWS!

BIG NEWS #1: First, the National Street Harassment Hotline has launched! Call 855-897-5910. We'd like your help in getting the word out that there's a place to call. Click this link or get details below. The deadline for the Thunderclap is Tuesday.

GOING TO COLLEGE: Get Ready for College is workshop on Sat., August 6. Essential knowledge for young people headed off to their own adventures be they school, travel, military, or work. Details here.

MORE CHANCES TO LEARN: You'll find fall workshops below--there's probably something for you.

BIG NEWS #2: Safe Bars is taking off! Find out more, and bring us to your favorite nightspot.**

In this time of visible and unpredictable violence, please take care of yourselves. Please everyone, stay safe, hold your loved ones close, have compassion for those who don't have loved ones, and work for justice. As the wise Audre Lorde said, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."

Take care,
Lauren

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Ready for college and having fun!

Coming up: Get Ready for College!

Learn skills to be safer and confident as you head off to school, work, or travel. This is a high-risk time for sexual assault, especially by someone you know, but research has found that empowerment self-defense can make a huge difference! So we focus on using prevention, boundary-setting, and assertiveness skills — and physical strikes as a last resort — in a college setting.

Who: Rising high-school juniors, seniors, and college students.
When: Saturday, Aug. 6, 1-4 pm
Where: Calvary Baptist Church, Gallery Place
How: $79. Sign up here.

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News you can use: Street harassment hotline

Harassed in a public space? Now there's someone to call! A project of Stop Street Harassment, Defend Yourself and RAINN, the hotline offers support, options for responding to harassment, info on legal rights, and more.

Please help us spread the word by joining our Thunderclap (deadline Tuesday!). With 2 clicks, you will share the hotline number with your networks. Find out more and sign up here.

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Meet a teacher: Nasreen Alkhateeb

"Encouraging women and girls to find their voices, and helping to facilitating gender-based violence education, is the most gratifying energy I can give. It's not only your right to exist in a safe living and working environment, it is crucial for survival and growth. In addition to empowering students with Defend Yourself, I enable Digital Strategy by creating original content for social outreach."

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Safe Bars for the win!

The NFL is backing sexual violence prevention to the tune of $10 million, and Safe Bars is one of the first to benefit from the initiative, called Raliance. Safe Bars, a project of Defend Yourself and Collective Action for Safe Spaces, trains bar and club staff how to intervene in unwanted sexual harassment.

A couple of weeks ago, we trained the staff at Churchkey in D.C., and they already used the skills -- and probably prevented a rape!

We want to make more of that happen. We plan to train at least 10 bars in D.C. this year, and train trainers in 15 cities around the country. If you want to bring us to your favorite nightspot, please get in touch!

Read more at the Safe Bars site, Upworthy, or Huffington Post.

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A class for you

Self-defense intensive Tuesday, Sept. 13 to Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Self-defense for high-schoolers: Sat., Oct. 15, 1-4 pm

Intro to self-defense (for those 16+): Sat., Nov. 5, 1-4 pm

Resolution: Breakthrough!: Sat. Jan. 21, 1-4 pm

Love for others + ourselves: Self-defense for all genders: Sat., Feb. 18, 1-4 pm

Find out more at www.defendyourself.org.

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