Girls Fight Back is turning 10 years old. Never heard of Girls Fight Back? It is an organization that gives workshops and motivational talks about self-defense. Erin Weed, the founder of Girls Fight Back, came to my college campus in the spring of 2003. She was amazing and empowering. There are people who let tragedy define them and then there are people who let tragedy refine them. She is one of those people who took a tragedy and turned it into something good.
In related news, there was a rape on the bike path where I used to run. Recently. While there are some very isolated stretches of that bike path (there is a good mile through woods and swamp), this incident occurred in one of the most populated sections. The details haven't been fully released. It wasn't clear if it was random or not random, what time of day it happened, or exactly where it was. I haven't heard any more about it in a few days. In any case, it is a reminder to be cautious and be smart. Not to change what you do but to be aware of your surroundings.
Maybe one day we won't need Girls Fight Back. But until then, keep pressing on.
Happy 10th Birthday, Girls Fight Back!