Grandma Advocate Against Harassment.

Posted January 6, 2017 from United States
Cowgirl Yoga Teacher & Grandma Advocate
Southern Arizona wilderness yoga & horseback adventurer.

I am a Grandma Advocate. On a German train today I witnessed a skinny guy- like one of the Somali's in the true story of piracy (Tom Hanks) film, board at the same time as me, sit across from a young pretty black gal with long braids and in English harassed her, pressing her to have sex with him, and she squirmed, tried to defend herself, and looked very uncomfortable so from across the aisle I began to laugh, and then to interact. He told me it was none of my business and Isaid, "I am an ADVOCATE for those who cannot stand up for themselves." I told him she said no, and no means no. I told her she could sit by me. I told the guy sitting next to him that men need to stand up to such behavior as well. I said "American Advocacy has arrived on this train. She told you she wan't interested." The young lady then asked me for help, with her train ticket. She didn't know where to get off, it was her first train ride in Germany- (I imagine it might be her last) and we were just arriving at her stop, so she left the train, thanking me profusely. I told the skinny guy that he is now on "the list" and I took a picture of him with my smart phone. He looked quite worried, and sure didn't like it that I got his photo. I got off at my stop without further harassment, telling him he has a chance to become a better man. I want to invite all of you to become ADVOCATES. Stand up to harassment, to bullying, to abuse, and when you see something, get out your camera, and add perpetrators to "the list." (Private message for more info on "the list.") Since police worldwide cannot be around, nor can friends and family protect us, we are the Social Media task force for change, and I tell you, if you document what & who you see, film or photo, it can be shared, and we can let people know they have a chance to be better within this world of too many people. Rise together, or we shall all be falling.

How to Get Involved

Become an advocate, document what you witness, add perpetrators to "the list" calling out for better behavior. Together we are a force for ending harassment and violence. Make a stand for moral behavior, calling upon all witnesses to speak up supporting better behavior. Contact me for more information. Cynthia Carlisi- on Facebook

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Jill Langhus
Jan 07, 2017
Jan 07, 2017

OMG!!! Welcome to World Pulse, CCarlisi!!!! I love, love, love your post. If there were half as many advocates like you imagine what our world would be like. You absolutely made my day. I had to read it to my husband. What a great example you are. Keep up the awesome work. I'm so looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

Jan 07, 2017
Jan 07, 2017

Hi CCarlisi, wow, you are bold! I admire your courage in this situation on the train you describe. This is a courageous way to confront the abuser. I congratulate you for this action. I like your ideas of "American Advocacy" and "the list" and taking a photo of the offender. I think you made him feel accused and helpless. Hopefully this will have some lasting effect on him. Thanks for writing to us.

Lisa Anderson
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 09, 2017

Dear CCarlisi,

Thank you for your bold, brave voice! We are lucky to have advocates like you role modeling how to interject when a situation is not OK. Thank you for raising awareness and sharing your story!

Warm regards, Lisa