Child Development AND Self Defense

Hello Students Abroad Sexual Assault Resource Initiative Blog Readers,

As a child I feel it was engrained in me that you never injure a male in his privates and that tattling is bad.  I can’t remember specifics at all, but I do know that my Grandma Baker was very animated, so I can’t help but try to remember her reactions.

When a person is sexually assaulted, they can’t especially control how they respond.  I just wonder what the effect these messages had on me when it came to my rape while abroad.

I’ve told myself that if I ever have children of my own this is how I will handle these teachable moments.  I would start by trying not to startle them with a loud reaction like shouting.  I would also try to establish when it is okay and when it is not.

I am well aware that male genitals are very sensitive and susceptible to medical problems.  I do, however, believe there is a time and place to exercise blunt force trauma to them.

I made a very valiant effort to try to stop my study abroad rape from happening, but I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if I would have debilitated him with a leg or fist to his genitals.

I waited roughly 8 years to report my study abroad rape to the authorities, to tattle per se.  One of their main questions was “Why do you want to report now?”  I stuttered out my main reason, but there were more after I had time to think.

I made sure to think this blog topic over for a night to make sure it was acceptable.  I find it baffling how this topic came out of nowhere to me.  This morning I decided that this blog post was brought to you by my angels.

Now how are you going to mold your youth to respond to sexual violence?  I would love to hear your commentary on this blog post!

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Kind Regards,

Callie

SASARI Founder

 

*Featured image was found here: https://www.babble.com/kid/9-ways-children-teach-us-about-love/

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