Alice Paul was a suffragist. She was arrested, jailed, beaten, force fed, harassed and spit on for her efforts to get women the vote. One of her most famous lines is “Deeds not words.” Believing that prayer, petitions, and patience were not enough to successfully enfranchise women, she and the Pankhurst women engaged in direct and visible measures, such as heckling, window smashing, and rock throwing, to raise public aware about the suffrage issue. I think it’s time to go all Alice Paul on the issue of empowerment defense. I’m going to spend some time rewriting history here. Let’s paraphrase this:
Believing that awareness campaigns, risings, aftercare and waiting for men to take lead on GBV prevention were not enough to successfully empower women, I and other empowerment defense teachers engage in direct and visible measures, such as teaching girls to fight back in schools en masse, firing off letters to people and organizations whose rape prevention efforts do not include, mention or provide empowerment defense training, speak in a unified voice when media outlets undermine the power of women and children to self protect, hold days of fasting to protest the underutilization of empowerment defense in a time of global rape epidemic.
As I sit here coding filmed testimonials of successful strategies children used in 100’s of attacks, I should not have to be exposed to madness like the interview below.
It’s like listening to a group of people scratching their heads about what could possibly be done about polio or malaria. Evidence based violence prevention programming exists and could be provided to millions of women and children with just 10% of the MILLIONS being spent in this Womens Empowerment funding extravaganza. This organization reaches criminal negligence for putting out a magazine called ‘Safe’ and for conducting an interview where every panelist seems bewildered by what could possibly be done in the name of rape prevention.
News Flash! This is 2013, the research is out there on the efficacy of empowerment defense in the lives of children. An interview of this sort is a travesty of justice and should be a thing of the past. The cost in the lives of children around the world is STAGGERING.
The jig is up.
I’m stepping up to go all Alice Paul on this issue. I’m hoping you join me. I am officially forming the Coalition for Rape Prevention Reform. Getting organized. Website in 2 weeks.