New Game Teaches Girls Relationship, Safety Skills
Prepare middle-school age girls and beyond for handling mean girls, and jerky guys
According to The National Crime Prevention Council, one in three American girls are in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship, and 83% of all girls experience sexual harassment at some time in their lives. Jerky Johnny is an entertaining role-playing game that helps young and teenage girls recognize when they may be in an unhealthy or risky relationship and teaches them how to respond.
By playing the game, girls ages 12 and up learn to speak up with peers about boy/girl relationships, and to recognize the signs of a dangerous person or situation. Players do this in a fun, non-threatening game setting. Jerky Johnny got me to open up & tell about stuff that has happened,” says Melanie, age 14.
With its theme: “Don’t be scared, Be Prepared”, Jerky Johnny hopes to make a global impact on the way girls look at relationships, and to make better decisions regarding their safety.
A mom and professional self-defense instructor who has been teaching empowerment classes (Kurukula) to girls for the past 13 years designed the game. “Experience has taught us that girls want to play Jerky Johnny because it provides an easy way for them to discuss real-life situations,”
Mrs. Connolly hopes parents & daughters will play the game together. She adds: “Many parents don’t know how to talk to their daughters about mean girls, bullying, peer pressure, or relationships. Unfortunately, because of that, important safety skills can be left unsaid.”
With over one billion girls and women in the world victims of rape or sexual assault (source “One Billion Rising”), Jerky Johnny can open a dialogue about these topics and help keep your daughter safe.
The game is available online at www.JerkyJohnny.com, Amazon and in select retail stores. Significant proceeds from the game will go to women’s charities for equality.
Jerky Johnny Game Productions, LLC
P.O. Box 6519 Albany, CA 94706