Just Yell Fire, Free Download Film
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|August 03 2007|
"The Most importand film your daughter will ever watch" -Fox News Live
Just Yell Fire is a freely distributed film aimed at teaching young girls to defend themselves against attackers. Started as a school project by Dallas Jessup a sophomore at St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Oregon, the project grew to include the celebrity endorsement of Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly of the television show Lost.
The video teaches viewers weak points on an attacker's body and how to effectively cause enough pain to those points to escape. It also tells viewers how to avoid becoming a target for rape and kidnapping to begin with.
The film's title references a point made in the video: that yelling "help" or "rape" may frighten potential witnesses or rescuers away, while yelling "fire" tends to draw a crowd.
Inspiration and development:
The idea that would become Just Yell Fire began when Jessup saw a news report including footage of Carlie Brucia being led away by Joseph P. Smith. Jessup contacted Chad Von Dette, who had instructed her in Filipino street fighting, and asked him to develop a method they could teach which would allow young girls to avoid Brucia's fate.
The project was originally going to be made on a much smaller scale. Jessup recruited Catherine Wehage, a friend, and together they planned to use home video equipment to shoot the project in San Diego, Von Dette's home city, during their spring break. When those plans fell through, the pair and their mothers used the additional time to begin expanding the idea.
The script was then reworked and taken to Clackamas Community College, where Wehage's mother worked. Jessup's mother attended a workshop at the college to learn about pre-production, and it was Clackamas music instructor Brian Rose who brought his friend Takafumi Uehara into the project to direct. Uehara, in turn, brought in other professionals to aid in the production.
The celebrity connection came through Wehage's cousin, who works on the set of the television series Lost. Through him, the girls were able to ask for Lilly and Holloway's aid in the project.
Fact: 1 in 4 girls will be date raped before they finish college
"Empowering girls all over the world." -Justine Magazine
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Dallas Jessup - Just Yell Fire:
Don't mess with Dallas Jessup. She is a Tae Kwon Do blackbelt and an instructor in Filipino Street Fighting. After reading about a string of assaults in her area, she decided to use her skills to help teens defend themselves against attack.
She created the free Just Yell Fire video and has distributed over 415,000 copies worldwide. She designed a train-the-trainer program, which provides one day of intensive instruction in order for coaches and teachers to become certified in teaching teens techniques necessary to their safety.
And, Just Yell Fire (Free Download Film) is currently working with the Washington state Attorney General and Oregon's governor to develop mandatory self-defense training programs in schools.
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The Title: The first get-away strategy for teens is to first and always yell "FIRE". The reason for "Fire" is when a teen yells "Help" most people think they are playing and do nothing; when a teen yells "Rape" most people are fearful or complacent and do nothing. Yelling "Fire" immediately captures everyone's self interest and they rush to see what is happening. Attention is the last thing predators want, and often this alone will stop an abduction.
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What Peple are saying:
7/13/07: I think that you both are doing an amazing and inspiring job making this video. It could effect mostly teenage girls. It could save a tune of girls all around the world. I know a friend that was followed by an elderly man, so instead of fighting him or doing something she just ran! He could have followed her home and done pretty bad things to her. I am 12 years old almost 13 and I was almost...
2/9/07: I was just setting for my daily coffee when Montel came on, I heard about the DVD that two young girls had made, so I watched your DVD. WOW! How proud I was to see what a great job you and your friend had done, and now by paying it forward will help so many young girls and even children. I was a victim many many years ago and it still haunts me to think I had no idea on how to fight back. My...
10/30/06: I heard a rave review about the film on Radion Station 860 this morning. It's just the thing I've been looking for for my daughter, who is a junior at Sacramento State University. One of her roommates recently was attacked while walking to school, but got away and was not hurt, thank goodness. The good thing about it is that Kelly and her friends are finally paying attention when I talk about...
8/21/07: I think your video is one of the best I have ever seen! I watched you on the Montel Williams show just a while ago and had to look it up.I am a single mom of three, I homeschool my own children and substitute teach in the public school. Furthermore, I am the President of our homeschool association.Thank you!
7/9/07: I have just heard about the DVD from members of a city-wide committee that deals with domestic violence in the Jewish community. As we all know, date rape, abduction and other types of violence cross cultural, racial and religious lines -- they highly recommended this film for use in our schools. Thank you so much.
Just Yell Fire Movie Trailer (90 sec):
Justyellfire.com: Empower Teen Girls and Save One, Ten, or Ten Thousand From Rape or Abduction. In what some describe as The Coolest High School Project Ever, two of Portland's St. Mary's Academy high school girls expect to put predators and date rapists out of business nationwide when their new film Just Yell Fire.
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