Support GirlStrength: Free violence prevention training for girls 10 - 17

  • by: Laura Lawrence
  • recipient: City of Portland Oregon Mayor Charlie Hales, Police Chief Michael Reese, Assistant Chief of Police Donna Henderson, Portland City Council Members

GirlStrength is a free violence-prevention program for self-identifying girls between the ages of 10 and 17. The program goes into schools and community centers offering after-school classes and week long camps emphasizing self-defense skills.  In four years, over 5000 girls were trained.

GirlsStrength focuses on non-physical prevention strategies, confidence building, and physical self-defense skills, and covers these topics

          • Self-esteem building

          • Assertiveness

          • Boundary setting

          • Identifying dangerous situations

          • Safety planning

          • Sexual assault and dating violence

          • Digital violence

Please sign to raise awareness and show your support for this essential program.

Upcoming budget cuts to the Portland Police Bureau may impact this program in 2013

Read more about GirlStrength:

"The instructors were aware of emotional boundaries and emphasized how perpetrators prey on this by pushing these boundaries.

-- Teacher, Catlin Gable School, Portland, OR 2009

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