I am proud to be a founding member of the Empowerment Self-Defense Alliance (ESDA). ESDA aims to leverage the collective impact of empowerment self-defense practitioners and influence national dialogue about preventing interpersonal violence. The Alliance positions empowerment self-defense as a powerful means of personal and social change with a robust and growing research base demonstrating its efficacy. ESDA foregrounds survivors' agency, awareness of the neurobiological factors surrounding trauma, and a commitment to social justice as fundamental components of violence prevention.
Members of the ESDA will be presenting at the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) in Dallas, TX, in June 2017. Stay tuned to hear more about our important work.