In the summer of 2006, my small community had to learn the effects of a violent attack on a loved one. A 2006 Mexia graduate was snatched from her car and physically and sexually abused by two men for over two hours. After many hours of operations and a slow recovery, my heroic friend is still making progress to a full recovery. The horror of the crime, combined with the personal connection I have with this heroine, compelled me to strive to make a difference so that I could help in preventing another attack.
I, along with another Mexia High School student, made the decision to inform and teach Mexia High School students, faculty, and the local community safety awareness and self-defense through a DECA project. Since August of 2006, it has been my goal to reach others through the use of media. I have distributed pamphlets, flyers, and newsletters focusing on personal safety. I hosted two self-defense classes, a safety awareness assembly, and a “Stranger Danger” program.
Through these events, I have become more prepared for an attack. I feel comfortable with the knowledge I have acquired to protect myself. It has also been very rewarding to see the impact made on others. I may never know if the skills taught will save a life, but I do know that my community is better informed. I could never statistically measure the difference I have made, but if one person feels safer, then I am satisfied with my accomplishments.