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Free DVD Encourages Girls to "Just Yell Fire"

5/16/2007:   After seeing the news footage of a Florida girl's abduction caught on surveillance camera, a 15-year-old from Portland, Oregon, came up with an idea to teach teen girls how to fight off attackers.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recently honored Dallas Jessup for her volunteer work in cowriting and starring in a short film, Just Yell Fire, which teaches girls self-defense techniques. Dallas, who has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, drafted a script with a friend and a scriptwriting teacher at a local college, who contacted a director.

The project snowballed into a major production with a professional crew and 100-member cast, including actors from the television show Lost. The DVD can be downloaded free online.

"The ultimate impact I hope for is that predators will be put out of business and women all over the world can go anywhere without being worried that someone more powerful will hurt them," Dallas said in a press release from Prudential Financial.

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