Those who have the strength and resources to fight these monsters, I salute you.
For those who are truly weak, truly at risk, and without any resources at all, I wish to suggest a bit of technology that *might* help. This is where our knowledge of behavior comes in handy. We can learn from the canary that died in the mine and the canary that watches for government warrants.
We also see the number of women who have come forward against monsters in their midst, and knowing human nature, understand that these are but a small fraction of the total number of women those monsters preyed upon.
Consider this. Give each young woman a canary as a gift. She carries it on her phone. If she’s too young or poor for a phone, let the canary live in a protected place that someone else cares for, on another phone for example, or a school computer.
Let that young woman (for she will surely be young) feed that canary regularly. She will feed it with her love, her trust, and with assurances that she has not met any monsters.
Should she not feed that canary, it will die. And those of us who care about her will notice.
We are not asking her for any details that will put her at risk. Those are unimportant. What is critical is that we know. Once we know, we can start the process of hunting out that monster. If we can do it without her involvement, so much the better. If it requires her help, we can help her be strong.
But all of this must start somewhere. Those women who have come out against today’s monsters have taken the next step.
I humbly suggest that this new “Confidence Canary” be another step. Let every young woman be so equipped. Let her know that she is never alone.
Thank you for reading.