Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hey Baby: Here's a Washington, DC, Class on Handling Street Harassment

The guys yelling "Hey, baby" on the street are often just a minor annoyance, but sometimes street harassment can lead to real trouble.

Lauren Taylor's Defend Yourself program offers a class on dealing with street harassment for women and girls age 16 and up in Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 4 PM. The class will be held at the Potter's House, on Columbia Road in Adams-Morgan. The workshop costs $39, and goes up to $45 after March 16. There's a discount for registering with a friend. Contact or 301-608-3708 for details.

Here's the description from the announcement email:
Can you "ignore" street harassment? Of course you can. And you already know how to do that. This class will give you other options, making ignoring it only one in a range of skills to choose from, especially when ignoring it doesn’t seem safe.

The class will cover the self defense techniques -- prevention and awareness, verbal self defense, and physical strikes -- that you might need in dealing with street harassment. Most of these skills can also be transferred to other irritating or dangerous situations in the rest of life.

Defend Yourself has more self defense classes scheduled for spring.