Friday, May 30, 2008

Victims of Sex Trafficking are in need of Your Support

Empower the Natashas is a non-profit University of Washington student project created by Heather Baldwin that is aimed at supporting, rehabilitating and preventing victims of sex trafficking in Belgrade, Serbia. Heather is putting together a silent auction to be held on Sunday June 8, 3 - 5 pm. at the home of a local donor.

From the auction publicity info:

Women who are trafficked for sexual exploitation are mercilessly beaten, raped, tortured (mentally, physically, and emotionally) and recklessly killed. If the women are discovered and “rescued” by the authorities, they are usually deported back to their country of origin as “foreign trash” and re-victimized. After repatriation, these women are back where they began except that in addition to their low socio-economic status they are now strapped with anxiety and depressive disorders, disfigurement, social stigma, a sense of powerlessness and possibly HIV.

The Project Auction to support the Empower The Natashas Project, organized by a Masters in Public Health student at the University of Washington, is the project’s largest fundraiser. The proceeds from this event are used to supplement travel expenses, project supplies, volunteer room and board, and project beneficiary stipend. The Project Auction to support the Empower The Natashas Project is not a 501(c) (3) entity as it is a local student project. Donated Auction item(s) are not tax deductible but they are greatly appreciated and necessary to raise funds for this worthy project.

Among the donated items are a self-defense class (contributed by me, of course), wine gift basket, Aveda 90 minute facial, truffles from Cafe Flora, a month of karate training, cleaning services, and others too numerous to mention.

For more info visit the Empower the Natashas blog. Make an online donation. Attendance is by invitation, so contact Heather at if you'd love to attend.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

June Self-Defense Classes

Strategic Living is giving only 2 self-defense public workshops this June. One is for women only, the other for teen girls only.

Self-Defense for Women:

Most women who've defended themselves against assault have never taken a self-defense class, never trained in martial arts, and certainly have never swum with Navy SEALS. How did they do it? Can you too learn their secrets? Yes, when you know how to use the five keys to safety:

Awareness of the people around you, of your state of mind, of your social shortcuts that can get you in hot water;
Intuition, your early warning system that you often ignore;
• the vitality of your Voice;
• setting Boundaries and testing them; and
• using Leverage to physically enforce your boundaries if necessary (and to give you the confidence to use all the other tools in your kit to keep safe because you've got Plan B).

These five keys unlock all the safety strategies you'll ever need. You will learn how to use them in this class. Recognize assailant ploys and manipulations, and how to thwart them. Assess your risks, and plan around them. Come prepared to challenge yourself--emPOWERment doesn't get more fun.

Sunday June 22, 10 am til 1 pm. Cost: $65.

Register now online here, or phone 206-920-8882 for more information.

Self-Defense for Teen Girls:

This three hour course will provide young ladies the education and awareness to avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations. Course will cover dating violence, how assailants target and test potential victims, personal safety and much more. Students will learn physical techniques, strikes and releases to safely remove oneself from dangerous situations. It is a great class to take with a friend.

Sunday, June 22, 1:30 til 4:30 pm. Cost: $50.

Click here for more information and to register.