6 Steps to Safety for Young Adults

Over 20% of women in college experience sexual assault, and levels of violence on college campuses continue to rise. According to the CDC, one in four women have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime. And for LGBTQIA+ individuals, these numbers are even higher. We want the young adults in our lives to head off to college and work feeling empowered, prepared and confident. So, we’re offering a comprehensive, four-hour self-defense class with popular instructor Lauren Roselle, CEO of Esteem Communication.

This training is for you if..

  • You want to head to college and work feeling prepared and empowered.
  • You sometimes feel anxious or afraid walking to your car.
  • You wouldn’t know what to do if you were being followed.
  • You want to refresh your self-defense skills and learn how to be the best ally for others.
  • You want to feel more confident interacting with others (strangers, acquaintances, and friends).
  • You want to discover your strengths and how to use them effectively against an attacker.
  • You want to learn self-defense in a safe environment surrounded by other young adults.

Throughout the six steps, participants will gain a clear understanding of their own strengths and get to practice realistic physical and verbal role-plays and essential self-defense techniques with a padded mock “assailant.” The confidence gained from this hands-on training is invaluable.

Facilitator: Lauren Roselle, Esteem Communications

Date + Time:  Sunday, July 16 from 1pm to 5pm

Location: The Institute for Girls’ Development’s large event room

Cost: $125

The 4-hour course will cover:

Step 1 Awareness

  • Understand the importance of being aware of your environment
  • Become aware of your own strengths
  • Learn what perpetrators are looking for in their “ideal” target and what deters them
  • Learn the myths and realities surrounding assaults against women


Step 2 Assertiveness

  • Body language
  • Voice Control
  • Finding your “No”
  • Setting clear boundaries with with strangers, coworkers, and acquaintances
  • Interactive verbal role-plays
  • The differences between passive, aggressive, and assertive communication
  • How to respond to being followed


Step 3 Social Safety

  • 5 keys to staying safe at parties
  • Safety in the dorms
  • Recognizing when a situation is going sideways – and what to do next
  • Acquaintance rape & date rape prevention strategies


Step 4 Car Safety

  • Tips to avoid carjacking
  • How to stay safe in a carjacking situation
  • Using Uber and other transportation services safely
  • Safety in and around your car


Step 5 Physical Resistance 

  • Easily mastered self-defense techniques
  • 5 target areas
  • Using the adrenaline rush to your advantage
  • Using your strengths against an assailant’s weaknesses
  • Front and rear attacks
  • Fighting from the ground (included in 6-hour version only)


Step 6 Being an Ally

  • Recognizing when someone else is in trouble
  • Coming to the aid of others
  • Role-modeling assertive communication


Our male instructors, in the role of assailant, provide participants with the unique opportunity to train in an adrenalized state. Because of this, everyone leaves the training knowing what they are likely to do in a real-life situation because they have already successfully deterred and resisted the assaults of the male instructor in the course. 


“In my twenty years as an administrator of various women’s programs I have hosted and attended dozens of self defense trainings. The self defense workshop conducted by Esteem’s Lauren Roselle is by far and away the best. It is truly a comprehensive training. By the end of the fourth hour of the training for beginners, participants really feel like they can take care of themselves in any situation. The feedback from students, staff, and faculty has been exceedingly positive and I am frequently asked to bring this training back so that folks can enroll their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. In fact, I bring Esteem back to campus every quarter so that as many women as possible can experience this effective training. I cannot say enough about this training. I firmly believe that it is one of the most important things that we offer every quarter.”

Janet Honn-Alex, Coordinator
Women’s Resource Center California State University, San Bernardino

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