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LGBTQ SELF DEFENSE

Defense Education had its first clients from the LGBTQ community in 2019, and recognizes the increased vulnerability that exists due to discrimination.

It is our belief that all individuals deserve the basic fundamental right to live life without fear of sexual assault, hate crimes, or violence. Defense Education also understands that the training needs are as diverse as the LGBTQ community, and there is no one size fits all training program for everyone.

This is why each training program is custom-tailored for each student.

RESPECT, SENSITIVITY, AND CARE

Because discrimination exists for those who have an alternative gender identity, sexuality, expression, and even physical features than the mainstream binary classifications broadly understood, extra care is taken to understand each individual’s unique safety challenges and fears.

Defense Education understands that students may struggle with dysphoria, might be out or closeted, and have a history of trauma, which is why the individual, couple, and family unit approach to our training is so beneficial for individuals with diverse genders and sexualities, their partners, and their family.

Our training creates a safe environment for difficult conversations to occur comfortably, without fear of judgment or discrimination from others.

SAFETY FOR EVERYONE UNDER THE LGBTQ UMBRELLA

Regardless of your pronoun, designation, or where you exist on the spectrum, Defense Education supports the rights and equality of everyone to love, share, and self-identify safely, without fear and anxiety.

You are welcomed and invited to learn the skills necessary to help protect yourself and those you care about from hate, sexual violence, murder, discrimination, harassment, etc. Know that Defense Education will equip you with skills that help build your confidence and self-value to fortify yourself against the aggressive ignorance of others.

Defense Education serves everyone under the LGBTQ umbrella
Sexual Assault Prevention Table by the CDC.

TRAINING THAT EMPOWERS LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS

Your identity, sexuality, expression, and physical diversity deserves to be accepted and respected. You should feel safe to openly communicate your pronoun without fear of retaliation, violence, hatred, and assault. This training helps give you the physical capability and knowledge to do that with reduced risk.

1. Risk Mitigation – The ability to assess potentially dangerous situations, increased awareness of threats, and how to identify red flags.

2. Healthy Boundaries – How to set physical and emotional boundaries, and how to de-escalate when necessary.

3. Use of Force – Effective methods for physically deterring threat.

Teaching skills so students can identify opportunities outside of the trained scenario.  No situation goes exactly to scenario, no single attack is the same, however, there are often commonalities. Options that provide the capability to improve the outcome of the situation.

Our training helps make it safer for you to openly be who you are with less risk.

1. Risk Mitigation – The ability to assess potentially dangerous situations, increased awareness of threats, and how to identify red flags.

2. Healthy Boundaries – How to set physical and emotional boundaries, and how to de-escalate when necessary.

3. Use of Force – Effective methods for physically deterring threat.

Teaching skills students how to identify opportunities outside of the trained scenario. 

HELPING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

Our goal is to provide a life-changing service that is openly accepting and welcoming to those vulnerable to discrimination and violence. Unfortunately, there several barriers to access healthcare, housing, mental health, etc. Safety and security cannot be allowed to be another barrier for gender and sexual minorities.

– 44% of lesbians and 66% bisexual women experience rape, violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.
– 26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

“The discrimination they face surrounding those identities – often make them hesitant to seek help from police, hospitals, and other resources.”

Source: Human Rights Campaign

EQUAL RIGHTS ARE CRITICAL & NECESSARY FOR EVERYONE!

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