Chris Roberts

Your Actions Can Stop Bullying

I want to share a video from SAFE International Sydney director Jeff Phillips.  In this video he addresses the topic of bullying from his experience as a self defense instructor, school teacher, and as one who experienced bullying in his younger years.  Please watch the video and I will offer some additional thoughts after.   In a short time Jeff offers some excellent tips in addressing bullying.  Far too often all the focus is put on the bully and how to deal with them, when in fact the victim of the bullying has many strategies that they might implement to stop it.  Here is how I internalized what Jeff was saying with a few of my own thoughts as well.   1)  Accountability - the one constant in...
Chris Roberts

The Grooming Tactics of a Child Abuser

canstockphoto21243240SAFE International is a mobile self defense company that teaches thousands of high school students every year how to recognize, avoid, or deal with violence.  Sadly, and far too often students will seek one of our instructors out after class and share stories of abuse they have experienced.  This is no small feat based on much of what I will discuss here.  And we know from statistics that the majority of the time the abuse is being perpetrated by someone they know whether that be a family member, acquaintance or an authority figure.   "Approximately three million cases of child abuse and neglect involving almost 5.5 million children are reported each year. The majority of cases reported to Child Protective Services ...
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...
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