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"I came to Impact because my sense of safety was shattered. Because Impact offered me a scholarship, I was able to take the class... as I speak about the experience with family and friends, I cannot help but use the word "impact" repeatedly to describe its effect. Truly, what a fitting name."

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Giving Tuesday - How You Can Help

"I was mugged 10 minutes from my home within a week of moving to San Francisco. I saw so many glowing reviews for Impact Bay Area that I decided to sign up. I was almost deterred because I was unemployed at the time and thought I wouldn't be able to take the class ... Impact is amazing and gave me scholarship to attend. The classes were the best things I have ever done for myself. I have a new-found confidence when I walk down the street because I know how to protect myself."

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How to Shop on Amazon Smile for Impact's Benefit

Amazon is offering shoppers the chance to make a donation to the charity of the choice while they shop this holiday season! .5% of your purchases on Amazon Smile will go to a charity of your choice - can you choose Impact Bay Area?

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Giving Tuesday - A Word from our Vice Chair

As we near the end of the year, a time when we pause and reflect on all the wonderful things we have to be grateful for, I wanted to share with you an experience that I'm grateful for and invite you to help me in paying it forward to other teens, young adults, and women who need it.

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A Soft-Spoken Woman Finds Her Voice

Help Me Support Impact Bay Area
Voices Strong on #GivingTuesday

Dear reader,

In the spirit of the giving season, I thought I'd share my story and voice my support for a local nonprofit that has given me so much.

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Giving Tuesday

Help Impact Bay Area Achieve Our Goals
Give Local on #GivingTuesday

Hi Everyone!

As 2014 draws to a close, the students, volunteers, and instructors at Impact Bay Area are sharing our powerful stories in a Giving Tuesday campaign in order to continue our mission to teach effective boundary setting, personal safety, and physical self-defense skills throughout the bay area. Our goal? To raise $20,000 this holiday season.

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Skills You Already Have for Protecting Yourself--a response to the assault in the Mission last weekend

As you may have heard, last weekend a woman was attacked in the Mission District of San Francisco. She sent an email describing the incident to neighborhood groups and made a police report. She fought her way out of the situation using her strength and courage, and used techniques that are available to all of us. Here are some of the things she did:

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Dani's Story - What Impact Means To Me

My name is Dani, and this is a video taken during the Public Celebration of my first class with Impact. The community that was built up of shared experiences, courage, and raised voices exalting our right to defend ourselves will remain with me for the rest of my life.

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Man with Knife + Dog + Truck vs. me

I took Basics in 1998, when I was 19 years old. A few years later, I used my Impact skills to defend myself against a man armed with a knife and a dog on an isolated back-country trailhead in Hawaii.

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JANE is a narrative feature film slated to begin shooting in Monterey and Carmel next summer. JANE follows an exceptional 15- year-old girl on a healing journey after a high profile sexual assault. JANE gives its audience a chance to root for a young girl who goes through an unfortunately common traumatic event and finds her way back to "standing even."

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