Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) 2012.
The Bad Encounter Line was developed in response to the research. In the research, we saw that girls were facing tons of violence every day, and the highest number of them came from institutions. Everyone collectively knew that we wanted to find ways to fight back, and the idea of warning girls and making a form that girls could share how they fought back was one of our first goals. We use the BEL as a way to warn youth about experiences with institutional
violence. The goal is to inform youth and strategize ways to use harm reduction with institutions if they still need services. This process can also help youth find other ways to take care of themselves without needing to use institutions. We use the information from the data to guide our campaigns that directly help change the way systems work.