PRAISE

Gavin de BeckerGavin de Becker, Bestselling Author, The Gift of Fear:
Your work reminds me of this important truth: Everyone might be a target at times, but not everyone must be a victim. I’m honored to be part of what you do.

John WalshJohn Walsh, Founder of America’s Most Wanted:
Erin has honored her friend by starting this program and empowering women. I really think women need to know they can fight back.

The students enjoyed it (Students Fight Back) very much. We had around 160 students, faculty and staff in attendance. I heard a lot of compliments from the three groups. Our new incoming students have been doing an online training regarding Title IX. 71% of our student population is female and this information was very beneficial for them. I think that the real life scenarios helped our students gain awareness. The self-defense section of the training was also very helpful for them, as many did not have an idea of how easy it can be to defend yourself. The best part was that it was interactive. It was not your typical lecture, but a combination of a variety of things; from the videos, to facts, to the self-defense demonstrations, it was plenty of helpful information in a one hour time frame. -Maria D. Garcia, Coordinator of Student Activities, Lamar State College – Orange

The students absolutely loved the (Students Fight Back) program and Bree! We had a great turnout, around 130 people, which is wonderful. We had several students and faculty members comment that this was the best program we’ve had. The information that was provided is so essential and was presented very professionally, yet in a down to earth way that everyone felt comfortable with, no matter the gender or age. We had a very diverse group that attended. One of our adjunct instructors is a sergeant with our local police department. He reached out to Bree to express how impressed he was with the program and how it was presented. He also contacted me to thank us for having this program on campus. The students themselves said they felt empowered and more confident in themselves after attending the program. I believe the best part of the event is audience participation. They felt a part of what Bree was doing and were able to re-enact scenarios of situations that they might find themselves involved in. The bystander information was invaluable. I would enthusiastically recommend this program to all campuses-large and small! -Claire Thomason, Director of Student Activities, Lamar State College-Port Arthur

We had a great time with “Girls Fight Back!” We advertised the program as “Students Fight Back” and it worked really well. It’s great to have a program like this at a male dominated school. It truly helped open their eyes to the realities of the world! – MIKE KEEGAN, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Center, South Dakota School of Mines

She was fantastic at engaging students and keeping their attention. Good energy and mixture of activity and lecture. People who we never see at our events came up to us and thanked us for bringing her to campus. – ASHLEY HOFFMAN, Student Programming Board Chair, University of Minnesota – Crookston

Students were talking about and practicing what they had learned as they walked out of the seminar and all the way back to their homes. I was very impressed by that! – JORDAN COPLIN, North Dakota State University

GFB is amazing at getting this important information to women in a way that is empowering and engaging. I don’t think that I have ever heard anyone speak about self-defense with that much enthusiasm and humor. – STEPHANIE AHRENS, Baylor University

I’ve worked in Student Activities for some time now, and Girls Fight Back completely blew me away with their presentation. They were prepared, prompt, engaging, and professional. I haven’t been this impressed with an event in quite some time. – SARAH HILTON, Harrisburg Area Community College

GFB is truly sensational and inspirational. I love that she didn’t make me fearful of attackers or of being attacked. Instead, it made me aware of my surroundings, and her techniques made me feel safer. This presentation is one that I would definitely see again. – SUZANNE SMITH, Texas A&M University

Bree spoke well to our small crowd. She arrived on time and was extremely well prepared. Easy to work with and interacted well with the students. Bree gave personal examples of situations she has experienced; I think these are extremely helpful to females in the audience to relate to if they have been in a similar situation. Seeing Bree’s petite size shows the audience that it doesn’t matter what your size is, everyone can fight back. I plan on having Students Fight Back return next year to our campus. – JENNIFER SABOURIN, Indian Hills Community College

Bree was AMAZING!!! She was personable and very knowledgeable. Our guests had a great time and learned a wealth of knowledge that could help save their lives. – CALEB FILS-AIME, Nova Southeastern University

I’ve worked in Student Activities for some time now, and Girls Fight Back completely blew me away with their presentation. They were prepared, prompt, engaging, and professional. I haven’t been this impressed with an event in quite some time. Bree was engaging, dynamic, and poised. She connected with our group of students, and kept the presentation fun and interactive. – SARAH HILSTON, HACC – York

The message is perfect, but the delivery is what sells the show. Bree is young and relate-able. She did an awesome job of being funny, but yet getting the message across. Bree Swartz is fantastic presenter for students fight back. She’s highly engaging and excellent at incorporating the students into the presentation. I will have Students Fight Back return again and hope to bring other programming that Girls Fight Back offers. – CLAIRE WIEGAND, William Woods University

Girls Fight Back was an awesome and fun event! The subject matter was of special interest on our campus, and we had an awesome turnout! Bree was able to make the subject matter serious, yet fun! – ALI MORRISSETTE, St. Xavier University

Students Fight Back is a great program! Though Miami U is location in a small, rural town, its not exempt from assault crimes. Students Fight Back gives students safety knowledge for their time on campus, as well as their lives after college. – KAYLEY KOSEK, Miami University

Girls Fight Back was easily the best program I have seen come to Denison since I have been here. It was educational and entertaining. The women who went could not stop talking about it the next day. I will take what I learned from Erin and use it for the rest of my life. – BLAIR DUNLEVY, Denison University

Thank you again for a wonderful presentation. I completed all of my undergrad at Saint Francis and have sat through many many mandatory and non mandatory presentations that were good, okay, or just plain awful. So I am now working with the Center for Student Engagement for my graduate assistantship (5th year with the university) as I complete my masters and I can honestly and without hesitation say that: You gave one of (if not) the best and most well received presentation this campus has had in a long long time! So thank you again! - ELIZABETH ANASTASIO, St Francis University