Open letter to those who don’t believe in empowerment safety training for girls:
1. Stop saying I shouldn’t be trained to prevent rape.
—-Start saying I have the right be trained to resist attack and abduction.
2. Stop saying I can’t fight back successfully.
—-Start saying women and children have enormous power and fight back successfully everyday.
3. Stop saying it’s too dangerous.
Start saying girls who resist attack successfully number in the millions but don’t make the news.
4. Stop saying self-defense is victim blaming.
—– Start saying self-defense teaches dozens of options, one of which is trust your gut – even when it says don’t resist.
5. Stop saying men cannot be stopped.
Start saying size does not matter in an attack, strategy does.
6. Stop saying this is a mans problem and I should wait around until men fix it.
—- Start saying I deserve the chance to live a healthy happy life, regardless of what men do or don’t do.
7. Stop saying that if I defend myself I am using violence.
—- Start saying I am charged with protecting young children and siblings from harm, I have the right to extend those same skills on my own behalf.
8. Stop saying self-defense makes me ‘overly confident.’
—-Start saying self-defense makes me aware and capable of judicious appropriate action.
9. Stop saying self-defense empowerment makes me reckless and violent.
—- Start saying empowerment training builds my capacity to act wisely on behalf of myself and others.
10. Stop saying that rape in our lifetime is inevitable and I am unable to resist.
—- Start saying my destiny is to learn how powerful I really am in the face of oppression, bullying, disrespect and danger.
11. Stop saying empowerment training will only scare children.
—–Start saying safety training needs to begin early, even kids want to know adults support our right to speak up and protect ourselves.
12. Stop saying the men in my life will protect me
—–Start saying I need to learn to protect myself as most attacks are planned to happen in isolation.
13. Stop saying I’m too small or weak to fight back
—–Start believing I am strong.
14. Stop condemning rape prevention efforts as useless.
——-Start asking how you can help.