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Pose at Protest

We envision a world where everyone at risk of interpersonal violence can live free of it.


Empowerment self-defense, otherwise known as ESD, is a comprehensive, evidence-based system of violence prevention. It takes a holistic approach to personal safety and self-defense and focuses on empowerment.

ESD teaches students how to understand and navigate power relationships, minimize abuse and violence, and end assaults. It teaches students awareness, how to recognize threatening situations early, and how to use boundary-setting skills to prevent escalation to assault. It also prepares students for situations that cannot be diffused, teaching them how to determine whether it is best to yell, run, or fight. ESD also teaches students how to protect themselves and that they have every right to choose to do so.

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