Buddy System: Safety in Numbers
What elements of safety do you find in the buddy system?
Throughout my upbringing, I played sports in the Colorado public school system. There was a particular school where my team played that had a reputation for gang violence. As such, a girl from our team had been subject to a violent situation on her way to the locker room. From this experience, our coaches mandated extra safety requirements when traveling to this school. The main requirement was to use the buddy-system.
I thought about the safeness someone can feel from having a buddy next to them - less vulnerable from not being alone, empowerment from being "in it together," self-value from putting one's own safety first….
When thinking about the buddy system, I wanted to open up the dialogue to see what other feelings of safety are met by having someone by your side…...