LGBTQ Classes

LGBTQ Basics 20-Hour Self-Defense

LGBTQ People of All Genders Ages 14+

In a supportive environment, students learn verbal and physical self-defense skills that are useful in scenarios including verbal harassment, physical assaults, and attempted sexual assaults. Skills taught are relevant to situations involving both strangers and familiar people. IMPACT courses emphasize awareness and de-escalation skills to avert situations that require physical defense. Physical and verbal skills taught are relevant to situations involving strangers and familiar people. Taught by instructors who are part of or familiar with LGBTQ communities, this also includes strategies to address bias-related violence.

Payment for this class is on a sliding scale from $50-$450, students decide what they can pay. If you would like to register and are paying less than $450 please call the office at (781) 321-3900. Scholarships and Victim’s Compensation are also available.

Upcoming LGBTQ Basics Classes:

2018 LGTBQ Basics – 11/30/18, 12/1/18, 12/2/18, and 12/3/18 (4 session course)
11/30 (6pm – 9pm), 12/1 (10am – 5pm), 12/2 (10am – 5pm), 12/3(6pm – 9pm)
Location: 420 Pearl Street Malden, MA 02148



IMPACT Review Class

Mixed Gender, for grads of Women’s and LGBTQ Basics

A chance for students who have graduated from Women’s Basics or LGBTQ Basics to review teaching pieces and practice their verbal and physical skills in realistic scenarios.

Upcoming IMPACT Review Classes:

April Review Class: 4/27/19, 10:00am – 5:00pm


College Bound Safety

High School seniors or graduates

For over 20 years IMPACT has taught practical, relevant safety skills to teens across Massachusetts. As students navigate increasing independence, and face the realities of sexual violence on campus, IMPACT will give them tools to maintain their own safety and speak up to advocate for safe and healthy communities.

Upcoming College Bound Safety Classes:

July Weekend: 7/13/19 and 7/14/19 (12:00pm – 6:00pm)

August Weekend: 8/3/19 and 8/4/19 (12:00pm – 6:00pm)

Assertiveness & Boundary Setting (Mixed Gender)

Many people find that the ability to set and maintain boundaries greatly enhances their sense of safety. This 8-hour all-verbal course teaches students skills for effective communication and negotiation in stressful situations. Practicing these skills in realistic scenarios, students have the opportunity to become comfortable staying calm and articulate while explaining their needs in situations involving strangers, co-workers, acquaintances, friends, family and partners.

Upcoming Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Classes:

February Weekend: 2/9/19 and 2/10/19 (12:00pm – 4:00pm)

May Weekend: 5/18/19 and 5/19/19 (12:00pm – 4:00pm)

September Weekend: 9/14/19 and 9/15/19 (12:00pm – 4:00pm)


Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Part 2 (Mixed Gender)

Graduates of Assertiveness and Boundary Setting Only

This 4-hour course begins with a review of the concepts and skills learned in the Assertiveness & Boundary Setting class, and adds strategies for dealing with the defensiveness often exhibited by people during difficult conversations. As always the emphasis is on practicing the skills learned in realistic scenarios. Assertiveness & Boundary Setting is a prerequisite.

Upcoming A + B Part 2 Classes:

July 27th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm


For more information call Meagan Anderson at (781) 388-4338 or email us at