I started this blog for my Girl Scout Gold Award project, “Protect Yourself” in which I researched, trained, and developed a class that teaches how to defend against sexual assault, blogged, taught students, trained teachers, write and speak about my project. I identified a community issue, sexual assault and decided to make a difference both locally and globally.
One out of four women are attacked while in college. This was the case for my sister as well as a statistic. As a result of my exposure to sexual assault I began working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project, “Protect Yourself”. I started this project because members of my family as well as friends had been attacked, when my sister was raped this project became very real. In my program, I teach young women to protect themselves with self-defense, to travel in groups and watch out for each other. Most importantly when going with a friend to a party to leave with that friend; always have each other’s backs and watch each other’s drink.
I addressed the issue of sexual assault in my project. This issue revolves around the practice of knowingly causing another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat. It is also one of the most prominent issues in the world being that every two minutes someone in the United States man or woman is sexually assaulted.
Sexual assault is a global issue and is seen all over the world as shown by the startling statistics: “An estimated 150 million girls under 18 suffered some form of sexual violence in 2002 alone”(saynotoviolence.org) and in the multiple articles and news exposes that focus on the issue of sexual assault alone, a few of the more startling being “In a Global First, Global Data on Violence Against Women” by Dan Morrison of National Geographic , and “Egypt: Epidemic of Sexual Violence” by Human Rights Watch.
I continue to blog to create awareness of an ongoing problem of sexual assault and assault.
Josie Natrasevschi Girl Scout Troop 70276