Just Yell Fire: Empowering Girls to Protect Themselves


A frightening static: 1 out of every 4 girls in school will be date-raped by the time she’s 22.

Want to arm your daughter so she’s capable of defending herself?  Check out JustYellFire.com and download the free film presented by the stars of Lost and featuring Portland teen Dallas Jessup.  Jessup’s aim is to empower young girls to fight back against abduction and sexual assault.

Jessup, who founded Just Yell Fire when she was 16 wants a world where girls can go to the mall, walk down the street, or go to a party without fear.

Jessup, a black belt, worked with a street fighting coach to create easy and simple techniques for a girl of any size to use to get away from her assailant.

The film shows these techniques, like teaching a girl to gouge an eye, hardslap an ear, bite, knee a groin, fight back to stop rape and/or an abduction.

Why Just Yell Fire?

The 1st strategy for girls is to always and first yell “Fire”! Why?  When a girl yells “Help” most folks think she’s playing around and won’t respond. When she yells “Rape” most folks are frightened to getting involved. Yelling “Fire” quickly gets everyone’s attention and they hurry to see what’s going on. Attention is the last thing assailants want and this alone will halt an abduction.

She’ll be alert and is less likely to end up in a circumstance she can’t handle.

Ms. Jessup penned the script for “Just Yell Fire” and organized a professional crew of 30 volunteers to make it, all this as a teenager.

Besides the techniques, the film shares a Dating Bill of Rights, as well as stay-safe strategies from law enforcement agencies. Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly, from the TV show “Lost” volunteered to appear in the film.