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Women’s Safety: Understanding the Risks and Taking Action

According to a recent study, there are about 240 sexual assaults every day in the United States, and in most of those cases, the victim knew her assailant. Furthermore, there are about 50 women assaulted every hour in the United States, a staggering 1200 women a day. This is a sobering statistic, and one that highlights the importance of women’s safety education.

At Southern Cross Safety Academy, we believe that the EXECUTION of knowledge is power, and that by educating women about the risks they face, we can empower them to take action to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Understanding the Risks

It’s important to understand that violence against women is not limited to sexual assault. Women are also at risk of domestic violence, stalking, and harassment. In fact, the National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

But how do women become victims? Unfortunately, there are many factors that can increase a woman’s risk of violence, including poverty, substance abuse, and mental health issues. However, one of the most significant risk factors is a history of violence in the woman’s past. Women who have been victims of violence in the past are more likely to become victims again in the future.

Taking Action

So, what can women do to protect themselves? There are a number of steps that women can take to reduce their risk of violence, including:

  • Building a support network of friends and family
  • Learn how to best prepare themself daily for unwanted encounters
  • Knowing how to Identify what we call Potentially Harmful Behaviors
  • Learning ways to Neutralize or Navigate through unwanted energies and encounters
  • Know how to use a personal safety tool like pepper spray or a firearm
  • Understand how to create “reference points” that will serve you in times of emergency
  • Learning how to confirm or deny if you’re being followed by someone and what to do if you are

In addition, it’s important for women to seek help if they are experiencing violence or abuse. This may mean contacting a local domestic violence shelter, reaching out to a counselor, or filing a police report. however, we at Southern Cross truly believe the greatest way to prevent violence in your life, is by getting yourself educated and trained on how to defend against it!

Conclusion

Violence against women is a serious issue, but by educating ourselves and taking action, we can reduce our risk and protect ourselves and our loved ones.

At Southern Cross Safety academy, we are committed to providing the education and resources women need to stay safe and empowered.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you would like more information, or if you would like to host a Women’s Safety Seminar where we talk about proven effective strategies that will help you create distance and time from an attacker.

You absolutely can do it!

Thank you very much.

Take Care, Stay Safe, and Always Be Kind!

Joe Malone

Southern Cross Safety Academy- CEO

Surviving a Protest: A Guide for Travelers

 

 

Introduction When visiting a foreign country, travelers often receive warnings about potential protest activities. The U.S. Department of State commonly advises its citizens to steer clear of all demonstrations due to the potential for sudden violence. However, understanding the underlying reasons for protests and identifying the primary targets can equip travelers with the knowledge to navigate these situations.

 

Understanding Protests Protests have seen an uptick in frequency globally. A study by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, a German organization, noted an increase in protests annually from 2006 to mid-2013. It’s essential to note that a country’s history of protests doesn’t necessarily predict the nature of its future demonstrations. Cambodia, known for its peaceful rallies, recently witnessed violent clashes. Meanwhile, in South Africa, often termed the “protest capital of the world,” many demonstrations conclude peacefully.

It’s intriguing for foreigners to observe protests as they provide insight into a country’s political dynamics. However, caution is essential. In some instances, bystanders have been injured or killed during violent episodes, such as during protests in Istanbul, Turkey, and Guangdong, China.

 

Recognizing Key Indicators Certain indicators can help travelers gauge the potential for and nature of protests. Anti-government protests, while predominantly targeting local law enforcement or infrastructure, can sometimes harm foreigners inadvertently. For example, in Thailand and Greece, 2010 saw anti-government protests that did not specifically target foreigners.

However, protests against another nation might directly affect associated individuals or businesses, like the anti-Chinese demonstrations in Vietnam and the anti-Israeli protests in Germany and France.

Various universal issues can trigger protests globally, such as cuts in government subsidies, allegations of electoral fraud, or perceived infringements on democratic rights.

 

Common Impacts on Travelers For most travelers, the most notable disruption due to protests is transportation. Protests can block roads, overload public transportation systems, and cause traffic snarls. Thankfully, many protests are publicized in advance, aiding travelers in planning alternate routes. Social media platforms often provide real-time updates on protest activities, helping both residents and visitors stay informed and make necessary adjustments.

During prolonged periods of unrest, companies have sometimes permitted employees to work remotely or even temporarily leave the affected region. While every organization must devise its own response strategy, grasping the basic dynamics of protests can inform these decisions.

 

For More Information For detailed analyses on recent regional protests, refer to OSAC’s various reports. Direct any queries related to this topic to OSAC’s Cross Regional Analyst.

 

 

 

 

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Every day, educators and staff in our schools face the daunting challenge of keeping our students safe.

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The Southern Cross School Violence Prevention Program is designed specifically for you, the heroes in our schools who want to take a proactive stance against violence.

Our comprehensive program includes cutting-edge strategies, hands-on training, and real-world solutions to help you identify and respond to potential threats. With our program, you’ll gain the confidence and skills needed to protect your students and keep them safe.

Surviving An Active Shooter

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to apply the simple steps taught in the course, and how much more at ease you’ll feel knowing you have a plan in place. Say goodbye to the feeling of helplessness and hello to peace of mind.