I was fortunate to be able to sit in for part of a recent workshop collaboration between anti-street harassment leaders from Collective Action for Safe-Spaces and Defend Yourself's empowering defense trainers. A group of young women participating in the workshop learned skills to help them prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse. The group began by sharing stories around their personal experiences with street harassment which later led into a cathartic sign making process that allowed the group to creatively respond to would-be harassers with their own 2 cents..
We had a mini photo-shoot of the women with their signs and then the group went on to learn some practical street-defense techniques ala’ Lauren Taylor, Defend Yourself’s lead trainer and co-founder of My Sister’s Place, DC’s shelter for battered women and their children, and who was also an organizer of the 1978 March to Stop Violence Against Women (DC’s first Take Back the Night March).
This group of portraits is meant to be spread awareness of gender and LGBTQ targeted street harassment and assault, and as a model to raise consciousness and confront these problems in our own communities. Please spread, replicate, and support groups like Collective Action for Safe Spaces and Defend Yourself!