For years, we at Girls Fight Back and Students Fight Back have promoted training that teaches women to trust their instincts and be their own best protectors. Studies show that this is still the most effective method of preventing sexual assault.
We are happy that in the years since our inception, awareness has grown and programs have been put in place to encourage bystander intervention and help us all to look out for each other. The programs, apps and products mentioned in the article below are all utilized to assist in preventing sexual assault, and that is a very good thing! Go public awareness! We love it!
Ultimately, while we definitely think there is room for ALL OF THESE APPROACHES, the problem of sexual assault on college campuses exists NOW and in addition to these other approaches, we have to teach women how to take care of themselves. It isn’t victim blaming, it is just practical.