December 28, 2009
/ by inVocus Staff
National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month
When: January 1 – 31
What: Walking through the mall’s deserted parking lot, you hear footsteps behind you. It is dusk and you are only halfway to the safety of your car. The hairs on your neck stand on end and you walk faster, but so does the person behind you. A thousand thoughts race through your head: “Is this person following me?” “Why am I being so paranoid?” “What should I do?” Crime is a grim reality we all accept, but there are many steps we can take to protect ourselves from potentially violent situations. In January, get proactive about safety during National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month.
Background: Sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, a national public safety nonprofit, this monthlong event aims to encourage the public to take preventative measures against crime. It is recognized by many of the public safety departments, schools, and faith-based organizations that partner with the National Self-Defense Institute.
Story Pitch: This event can be pitched by colleges and universities, local public safety departments, and any company or organization willing to engage in an honest discourse about local public safety as well as crime and prevention strategies.
The Story Hook: According to the Bureau of Justice, 21 million crimes were committed against people ages 12 and older in 2008. While a majority of these crimes were nonviolent or property crimes, 23 percent involved acts of violence committed against a person. Preparedness at the personal and community levels can help bolster personal safety. Consider the following facts before making your pitch:
Tips: When pitching the media, provide contact information for a neighborhood watch group, a woman taking a self-defense course, or local law enforcement who can speak on programs being implemented to help citizens stay safe in an increasingly dangerous world.
Bureau of Justice Statistics 202-307-0765 askbjs(at)usdoj.gov http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov
National Crime Prevention Council (202) 466-6272 mboykins(at)ncpc.org www.ncpc.org
National Neighborhood Watch Program (703) 836-7827 info(at)usaonwatch.org www.usaonwatch.org
National Self-Defense Institute (305) 868-6734 nsdi(at)att.net www.nsdi.org
–Researched, compiled & written by Marissa Maybee Event Dates & History Today from CHASE’S Calendar of Events
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