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My mother once told me a personal story that I will never forget. 

She was walking back home, alone. It was dark. No one around. She heard that someone was walking behind her, not too close initially but then she realized very soon she was being f

My mother once told me a personal story that I will never forget. She was walking back home, alone. It was dark. No one around. She heard that someone was walking behind her, not too close initially but then she realized very soon she was being f

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Elena commented on Don't be shy, girl!

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, reactions and contributions.

This has inspires some additional ideas for potential solutions that I wanted to share: safety workshops for kids that include training to assess safety of one's surroundings, listening to that gut feeling, and screaming as a self- protection strategy.

Few more thoughts on what those training workshops could look like:

"AROUND ME" - estimate the safety of your surroundings

Teaches kids to assess the safety of their regular surroundings (streets they take to go to school and return home, other commonly used routes e.g., local stores, shopping areas, playgrounds).

Perhaps there is a way to use Google Maps to estimate the level of safety for each area located in proximity to their school or homes based on existing crime data, or traffic incidents; e.g., "Kids Safety Index" (red green, yellow) and posting that info at schools, neighborhood boards, community centers.

OR We can engage kids in developing the safety grading systems for their streets and neighborhoods. Example:
Area XYZ (school --> home --> school)
 - Morning A (traffic, light, shops open, neighbors are on the streets going to work)
- Noon B (less traffic, people are usually indoors, stores close for a noon break)
- Evening D (limited street lighting, busy traffic, dark, stores closed after 6, people have returned from work are are staying indoors, etc)

"LITTLE VOICE" - learn to listen to your instincts and gut feelings

A workshop teaching kinds to recognize that "little voice" in their head and learn how to listen to what it is saying. Use kid-friendly techniques to help them understand what we mean by that "voice" and share stories/examples of people who listened or didn't listen to that "their own voice"

"KIAAAAA!!!!" - teaching self-protection techniques

One of those could be "Scream for safety" teaching kids to scream under different circumstances e.g., as they walk and someone is behind them, as they run to escape, if they are captured etc

Thanks again everyone!

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Elena commented on Don't be shy, girl!

Kiaaaaaaaaaaaaa!We all should learn how to scream at the top of our lungs. It is a good self-protection technique. The vocal cords could be trained for screaming., just like singing Some animals use this strategy to protect themselves from predators. Why can't we train little girls, and women and men to scream for self-protection?!!!!!

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Elena commented on Don't be shy, girl!

Thank you for your comment Sofia! Completely agree with you!