21 Jul Girls afraid to speak out
Angela froze, what had been a happy afternoon at the park with her younger brother had turned into a nightmare. A group of older boys preyed on the quiet and vulnerable 15 year old girl. Too afraid to speak out Angela waited and hoped for the situation to change. It didn’t. Help never came. Angela was assaulted in this true story which is more common than you might think.
Aussie girls feel afraid and powerless to escape or speak out when a situation doesn’t feel right. At a recent KYUP! Project workshop in suburban Sydney we surveyed 70 girls aged between 13 and 16 years. We asked the girls if they worry about their safety and 69 said YES!
So how can young, vulnerable girls like Angela defend themselves physically, mentally and emotionally? It all starts with self worth, simple self protection techniques any girl can master and the power of the voice. When girls value and champion their own safety they make smarter choices in relationships, in the home, at school and on the street. Join us in giving girls a voice #kyupproject