When I created LaBCaF several years ago, the main goal of the company was to help people be safer by offering safety/self-defense products and live educational classes. But as I taught more groups and got feedback from my students, I came to realize that most of my students were either survivors of violence or had been affected by violence in some way.
I decided that I needed to expand my programs to not only show my students the threats to be aware of, but to be more confident by knowing how to effectively respond to any threats they may encounter. Confidence can be hard to come by for violence survivors, making many “everyday” situations almost unbearable due to anxiety, the feelings of helplessness, and the constant fear of being violated again. One sure way to help with those feelings is to find a way to have more control over what happens around you, to you, and how you respond.
So I started expanding LaBCaF (which stands for “Legs and Brains, Claws and Fangs”). Through podcasts, videos, articles, and online programs, I now try to enhance as many aspects of the survivors’ lives as possible. Learning to have a greater awareness without paranoia and building physical and psychological boundaries can create a very real sense of greater safety. Learning ways of escaping from a person, a location, or a situation builds a sense of hope. Learning practical and extremely effective ways to dissuade or even disable an attacker builds a sense of power and confidence in taking care of yourself (regardless of age, fitness level, or physical challenges).
But there’s more to life than just surviving the terrible. That’s why I am currently creating programs to focus on survivors in relationships, and on preventative programs for young adults and teens. Stay up to date on current and upcoming programs by joining my email group.