Dallas Jessup was just a teenager when she made the video ‘Just Yell Fire.’ Today she’s continuing that mission to help girls and young women stay safe.
Originally, she was simply trying to help her classmates, friends she saw every day in the hallways at school. Dallas Jessup had no idea that her video on self-defense, which teaches girls and young women how to fend off abductors and potential rapists, would grab national attention.
Or that when she was a 14-year-old, ponytailed freshman at a private all-girls high school in Portland, Ore., she’d fly to New York to be a guest on the “Good Morning America” TV show â€“ just a few months after her self-defense video was first posted online by her mother.
Or that she’d fly to India, Canada, and across the United States, piling up more than 200,000 miles as she put on self-defense clinics. Or that her picture would be on 12 million bags of Doritos. Or that she’d speak in front of the US Congress.