Monday, May 2, 2016

When Assailants are Kids.

Security Within Self ( SWS ), isn't just a catch phrase I coined.

It's a mindset to counter uninvited aggression in urban areas. Countering aggression is made all the more difficult when assailants are children. A recent discussion poignantly captured this dilemma.

A pair of ten year olds made a robbery attempt upon a professional who is, ironically, a social justice activist. Staying true to her values, she moved the lead assailant away by placing her hands on his shoulders. Please note she didnt shove him nor become irate.

This displayed considerable grace under pressure given her position as intended victim.

His regrettable response was punching her in the face several times. She repeatedly called him, " Baby! " in an attempt to remind him he is still a child, despite the crime he committed. Fortunately, she wasn't injured.

Despite being attacked, the woman felt the boy was acting out on abuse he'd possibly experienced. Instead of incarceration, she wanted to schedule a meeting with the boys mother and a child psychologist. She made this request to a police officer who I'm sure was surprised by her compassion.

Her display of empathy, especially after being beaten, makes this response all the more worthy of sharing.

SWS, Security Within Self, is the unity of protection and prevention philosophies among urban stakeholders. I'm adding this lady's impressive display to the list of interventions shared with the community.

When assailants are kids it challenges protector and preventor alike to reassess deeply felt positions.

-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist; Brothers and Badges Together Advocate and SWS founder. 504 214-3082. @nadraenzi on twitter.

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