Free ESD Classes for the LGBTQ+ Community – Dec. 4th

1st Sunday of the month 12:00 to 1:30 at the Equality Community Center – 15 Casco Street, Portland

These fun and information packed sessions are open to LGBTQ+ community members. Come gain effective and accessible verbal and physical tools to prevent and respond to microaggressions, harassment, assault, and abuse. Share tools for managing adrenaline in stressful moments and strategies for setting boundaries, de-escalating situations, and responding physically when needed. While addressing serious topics and situations, this class is engaging and built around the ethic of challenge by choice. There are many ways to participate and you decide what works for you: watch an exercise, participate in a role play, practice a grab release with or without touch. All physical techniques are accessible and adaptable.

What to wear/bring: Please come as you are. We will have water and masks available at the Center. For everyone’s safety, we will all be masked throughout the sessions. No preregistration requir

Boundary Setting – the Holiday Edition! 

December 12th 5:30 to 7:00pm online

These next few months can be the height of challenging interactions. Whether in-person or online, office gatherings, family holidays, groups of friends and acquaintances, can be rife with comments, questions, and actions ranging from uncomfortable to abusive. How to respond? Call in? Call out? Create a distraction? We’ll cover it all in a super interactive ONLINE training with the team at Prevention. Action. Change.
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Empowerment Self Defense Level 1 Basics

Saturday December 10th 12:00 to 3:30 at The Portland Yoga Project, 449 Forest Avenue, Portland

Cost: Suggested $40 (more if you can, less if you can’t)

Come together for a great afternoon of learning, sharing, and exploration of the ways we can all gain confidence and skills in expressing what we want, need, and feel and intervening early to prevent and respond to harassment, abuse and assault. Gain awareness, verbal and physical response skills, and tools for adrenalin management and healing. This training is highly accessible and adaptable to all. Open to all people ages 14 and up. Pre-Registration required.

Healing through Empowerment

Thursday evenings 5:30 to 7:00pm (est) January 12 through February 23 (ONLINE)

Join survivors of all genders and identities for a unique journey of healing from sexual violence. Reconnect to your body as safe and powerful and gain tools for assertive communication, boundary setting, self-care, and self-defense. Healing through Empowerment uses mindfulness techniques, discussion, role play, verbal and physical self defense techniques, exploration of trauma responses, and reflection as tools for healing from abuse and assault trauma. Learn to observe and honor your own responses and preferences as felt in the body and develop practices to identify and express what you want, need, and feel in your own life. With an emphasis on choice and control, explore and gain tools for managing adrenalin, connecting with the body and feeling its strength and stability for safety, healing, and growth. Participants have gained confidence and skills, and experienced a reduction in PTSD symptoms while building community with other survivors. you are interested in this 7 week long course, please visit the healing page on our website for more information and to register.



*You may have to download Zoom to your device. Joining by phone doesn’t include video or chat feature access.  *For accessibility needs or other questions please email *To manage a safe space & start on time, please arrive promptly to the workshops.  *By engaging in this workshop you are agreeing not to record the session and to maintain the confidentiality of other participants. *Online classes are less of a controlled environment than in-person classes. The instructors will discuss this more in the sessions, but use your own judgment about whether and how you feel comfortable participating.

PAC COURSES available: for details check the drop down tab under Programs

WORKPLACE TRAINING: Sexual harassment prevention and response, Safe and Welcoming Workplace, Navigating Challenging Interactions, Microaggressions and Identity-based Harassment, and more.

HEALING THROUGH EMPOWERMENT:  An 8-10-week program designed for people of all genders who have experienced sexual and/or intimate partner violence. Participants report decreased PTSD symptoms, and increased confidence and feelings of safety in their bodies and in their lives.

EMPOWERMENT SELF DEFENSE BASICS: Gain awareness, verbal tools for assertive boundary setting, de-escalation, physical self defense skills, and tools for healing and growth. These skills will help you navigate interactions on the spectrum from challenging to dangerous at home, online, in relationships, or in public.

NAVIGATING CHALLENGING INTERACTIONS:  3 Sessions: A blend of Verbal empowerment self defense tools to address a range of challenging interactions facing us at home, in public, online, and at gatherings and protests. Each session focuses on a different skills: Assertive Communication and Boundary Setting, Active Bystander Intervention, and De-escalation Strategies and Tools.

DE-ESCALATION FOR BUSINESSES: As part of our larger work in Empowerment Self Defense and in recognition of the many challenging interactions presented by the current pandemic such as the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and anti-asian and anti-back hate/bias we have crafted this training to help maintain safety and build a supportive and caring community.

ACTIVE BYSTANDER INTERVENTION: Gain awareness on the rise in hate based harassment and Covid related incidents occurring in supermarkets and other public spaces and learn skills and strategies to safely intervene when you witness this harassment online or in person.

ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION AND BOUNDARY SETTING: Dealing with physical distance and the extra closeness of home is challenging for all of us. As states begin to ‘open’ and many of us return to face to face interactions, come together to learn and share skills for assertive communication and boundary setting in these challenging times.

PAC also offers specific training for:

  • Parents and Children
  • Mothers and Daughters
  • High School Seniors
  • College Students
  • LGBTQIA++ community members
  • Survivors of violence

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PAC Classes include:

  • Healing Through Empowerment 10-week series for women
  • Mother / Daughter Self Defense
  • Single and Multi-session Empowerment Self Defense 
  • Workplace Safety
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response
  • Active Bystander Intervention
  • Microaggressions and Identity-based Harassment
  • and more…

Many PAC classes are scheduled with businesses, organizations, schools, groups, and individuals. Contact us for more information and we’ll build a class around your schedule and interests!

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