Half Painted Wall

We strive to create ongoing high quality programming working with individuals who have experienced or are at risk for abuse or acts of violence. 

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AShley Gerger


I am a survivor. I have lived through years of violence and abuse and understand how deeply trauma can affect our lives and those around us. Often continuing the cycle - abuse begets more abuse. Through years of fighting through the ups and downs of trauma and healing I find myself at a place now where I thrive.

Thriving is not the abscence of conflict or crisis. It's unrealistic to expect a life completely free of those. There will be ups and downs. However you can learn to ride or flow with the waves of crisis and trauma instead of resisting or succumbing to them. 


I founded Soteria Defense Solutions to share physical and mental skill sets and knowledge with others so they can effectively prevent crisis or abuse. My hope is that anyone with past trauma who takes this course gains the awareness to recognize and end the patterns that can confine them to the traumas shaped by their abusers…Empowering victims with the knowledge, skills, support and the confidence to redefine themselves and their stories as survivors.


You can read a little more of my personal story below.