Chris Roberts

Where I Stand On Violence Against Women & Men

902e5c3e1a0b4feb44d708cc8e6151ffWonder where I stand on where I stand on violence against women and men?  Well how about we start with these statistics you read and hear about all the time.  BUT then please look at my response after in regards to these statistics. You know what...instead of listing a whole bunch of statistics that you will not read or likely just dismiss, let me list just these 2.  Are they accurate?  How do I know they are accurate?  Are they actually worse or not as bad (any are bad) as this?  Please do not just read the statistics and stop there because what is underneath the statistics...HUMAN LIVES!  Please read on... 1 in 4The number of women who will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their li...
Chris Roberts

TDSB End Police Presence In Schools

ING 33594 218883Last night Trustees in the Toronto District School Board voted to end the police presence that has been in their high schools for nearly the past 10 years.  While it may be sad that they had to even consider placing police officers in schools back in 2008, it does bring up a number of questions.  While I could make an argument either way on why you might or might not want a police presence in schools, I am interested in your opinions.  Here are questions I want you to consider while watching the video and then please send me your comments and thoughts?   -  in your opinion would having a police officer on the premises really reduce the chances of violence?  Has it worked in your city or country?  Anyo...
Chris Roberts

Is Sarahah The New Bullying App

bullySarahah, one of the newer messaging apps has become very very popular, but is it another bullying tool whose potential negative factors have been underestimated or ignored?  The idea of the app is quite simple.  Users can send and receive “constructive messages” or anonymous messages.   In Arabic, Sarahah means "honesty".  The designer of the said the app was meant for the workplace where people could offer their true thoughts on their co-workers with anonymity.  Well as anyone with 30secs of thought would realize, that is a recipe for disaster, rather than a tool of positivity.   Well this app has turned into another bullying tool that allows people to send and say things anonymously that they w...
Chris Roberts

The Reality of Bullying

bully1Bullying — Today’s Reality SAFE International™ has launched our new Bullying page on the website.  Here is an excerpt from it that provides some bullying statistics here in Canada.  The studies on bullying have provided much more insight over the years as to why bullies bully and the misconceptions many have had over the years in regards to the behaviour.  To see the full page, visit http://www.safeinternational.biz/classes/bullying.html Bullying is typically defined as physical intimidation or fighting, starting and/or spreading rumours, shaming publicly, insults through name calling, teasing, and other aggressive behaviour.  Despite an increase of public attention on the issue of bullying in recent years, it remai...
Chris Roberts

Sexual Assault Statistics In Canada

ING 39524 03192As SAFE International™ Self Defense begins a new school year of teaching self defense to 1000s of teens, I thought it would be valuable to revisit the Sexual Assault Statistics in Canada.  These statistics come directly from the site SexualAssault.ca and mirror the statistics I have found in many studies.  While many will argue that statistics can never be 100% accurate, they can give us a general idea how serious and issue sexual assault always has, and always will be.   We at SAFE International™ have been teaching self defense for 23 years and an observation I have noticed is that many self defense instructors avoid discussing with our youth the fact that the vast majority of the time, the perpetrator of sexual assault wil...
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