What Professionals,Partners And The Press Have Say About My Body...My Life...
The Norman Police Department
Empowering means the ability to take control and stand tall. My Body...My Life, provides young women with an ability to learn to say no to actions that could have adverse effects on their lives. I applaud this program because it assists young women to develop an understanding that they are precious ..., and they can control their own destiny.
As a father of a teen daughter I appreciate the way the program prepares young women for current and future issues that may arise. This program is an excellent resource that young women can remember when encountering many of life’s challenges. Thanks Bob for sharing your dream with others!
Chief Keith Humphrey
Norman Police Department
March 09, 2012
The Norman Public Schools
The headline in the newspaper today tells of a serial rapist who committed violent crimes against fourteen college age women in Norman, Oklahoma, as well in other states. Due to the dedication of law enforcement, the individual was identified after ten long years of searching. We always know crimes are possible but in our caring closely-knit community?
As mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, we worry about the safety of our young teens. At the same time, it is essential to keep a healthy balance of safety practices and not fearing life. Learning to live safely through prevention education and empowerment has to be an opportunity that is given to teens. Just like the other areas of our lives, education is the avenue to address personal safety and develop assertiveness skills to avoid danger.
My Body...My Life... guides young women to be champions of their own safety. This program focuses on how to perceive and negotiate danger whether it is someone you recognize or a stranger. The National Crime Prevention Council states that “Nearly half of the violent crimes against teens are committed by someone the victim knows at least well enough to recognize.” This drives home the fact that teens need to be assertive and self-reliant in trusting their intuition when “things “do not feel right. The myth that “no” means “yes” is not tolerated.
Since 1994, over a thousand teenage girls in the Norman Public Schools have taken the My Body, My Life course. The program was written by Norman Police Sergeant Robert Moore with Master Police Officer Marcus Savage and Darien Quattlebaum-Moore, a retired school administrator. Through their expertise as law enforcement officers and educators, the self-defense techniques are purposefully taught. The engaging activities are respectfully presented in a manner that helps teens to learn prevention strategies and become confident. Being prepared and learning to think on your own can make the lifesaving difference. We believe that teens must not only be ready for high school graduation and college but also ready.
Director of Guidance and Counseling
Norman Public Schools
February 16, 2012
Norman High School
The Norman Police Department and Norman Public Schools are offering a program called My Body, My Life to help prevent sexual assaults and attacks on women across the state.
This program teaches students how to defend themselves and how to be aware and prevent these encounters. There is also emphasis on the dangers of alcohol and drugs and the struggles and difficulties of dating men.
“Often women are victimized for many different reasons, especially in relationships, because boys don’t really know what they are doing. Technology has also been a big push with My Body My Life, because this generation’s new fondness of technology can influence men to take these actions toward women,” creator of My Body My Life and NPD Officer Bob Moore said.
My Body My Life is being offered to all female students in all of Norman’s middle schools and high schools.
Dan Quinn, former principal of Norman High School first asked Moore to present this program to the NPS District twenty years ago.
Some of the police officers that will teach this course will be Moore, Marcus Savage and Carl Pendleton.
“The three of us feel so strongly about this subject because of our daughters, nieces and sisters,” Savage said.
Moore is a licensed therapist and Savage has a degree in psychology.
A course is also being taught for men in the district about making the right decisions when it comes to dating women and how to deal with issues while in a relationship.
Students who do take the class will be pulled out of class once a week.
Questions about My Body My Life can be made to Brenda Wilkins, career community liaison in Student Services South.
February 7, 2013 • Allison Miller, Page Editor
The Oklahoma Daily
A six foot, six inch, 275-pound man walks into the room. At first, he is incredibly intimidating, but then he lets out a small laugh and a smile, and you can’t help but laugh with him.
“Huge doesn’t even begin to describe him,” said Sgt. Bob Moore, at the Norman Police Department.
Officer Carl Pendleton, a former OU football player, started working for the Norman Police Department after college. Moore asked him to start working on the My Body, My Life program, a rape-prevention class that teaches women and girls safety, self-esteem and self-defense.
When Moore asked Pendleton to get involved, it was an easy answer.
“This is real life stuff,” Pendleton said. “This is lasting stuff, and it matters.”
He became involved five years ago and has been an active supporter and instructor ever since.
At first only offered to high school women, the program has spread to all middle and high schools at over two school districts in Norman. They’ve also held the program for several sororities at OU.
The program has continued to expand and will now be offered to women over the age of 18 at the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center.
The program has been created for women only and includes self-defense techniques that the instructors say not to disclose to men, Moore said.
The secrecy of the program is so important that some information about the types of sexual assault and abuse discussed in the class could not be disclosed due to its graphic nature.
For Pendleton, there is a personal reason to teach the class.
Shelby Guskin, The Oklahoma Daily