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Grant will help support self-defense workshops for the LGBT community

San Luis Obispo, CA – The Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention (SARP) Center of San Luis Obispo County recently received a $500 grant from the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF). This grant will be used to implement self-defense and empowerment workshops for gay men in the community.

While the SARP Center has offered women’s self-defense workshops since 2000, the agency recently recognized the need to provide these risk reduction techniques for local gay men. Self-defense and empowerment workshops focus on awareness, assertiveness and physical techniques. By covering aspects of all three areas, participants are not only taught how to defend themselves with physical moves, but they also walk away with a newfound confidence to be assertive and feel empowered to defend themselves if that ever becomes necessary.

. From left to right: Jess Hawley, SARP Center Education Services Coordinator; Kristy McCray, SARP Center Executive Director; Janice Fong-Wolf, SLOCCF Director of Grants & Programs.

In accordance with National Coming Out Day (October 11), self-defense workshops have already been scheduled with local organizations, including the Cal Poly Pride Center and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) of the Central Coast. Private workshops can be scheduled with any group of five or more participants. To schedule a self-defense workshop, please email education@sarpcenter.org or call 805-545-8888.

The SARP Center was chosen to receive this grant from the Growing Together Fund, an endowment held at the SLO County Community Foundation to address the issues affecting the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In only 10 years, the SLOCCF has given out more than $14 million in grants to assist nonprofit agencies. For more information on the SLOCCF or any funds, please call 805-543-2323 or visit www.sloccf.org.

The SARP Center has served San Luis Obispo County for more than 30 years, providing crisis intervention services and a 24-hour crisis line, clinical counseling, prevention education and self-defense workshops to sexual abuse survivors, their loved ones, and the community. For more information please call 805-545-8888 or visit www.sarpcenter.org.


October 7, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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