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“Where is it safe to stab someone?”
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“Where is it safe to stab someone?”

What would you say if a young person asked you this question?  At a BRAVE (building resilience against violence and extremism) training session with a year group of teenagers in a secondary school in Birmingham, questions were invited.  A genuine query from one was ‘where is it safe to stab someone?’ They thought there might be […]

NEW FILM | My Son Joined ISIS: Nicola Benyahia
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NEW FILM | My Son Joined ISIS: Nicola Benyahia

Listen to Nicola’s story. She’s a professional counsellor and founder of Families for Life. She shares details of the tragic exploitation of her teenage son groomed to join ISIS by people who remain at large. Nicola’s son, Rasheed, 19, from Birmingham, UK was a normal boy from a loving family. He was an engineering apprentice […]

FILM TEASER | My Son Joined ISIS: Nicola Benyahia
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FILM TEASER | My Son Joined ISIS: Nicola Benyahia

Nicola’s son, Rasheed, 19, from Birmingham, UK was a normal teenager from a loving family who was an engineering apprentice by day and who enjoyed parkour (free running) in his spare time. On Monday 1st June 2015, he suddenly travelled to Syria to volunteer as a foreign fighter for the self-styled Islamic State. He never […]

Challenging extremist views or beliefs that lead to violent sexual crimes | A survivor of the Rotherham child sex abuse case speaks
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Challenging extremist views or beliefs that lead to violent sexual crimes | A survivor of the Rotherham child sex abuse case speaks

Sexual and gender-based violence is used as a tactic of terrorism, by a range of today’s violent extremist groups. Religious ideals of purity, virginity, modesty and obedience are taken to the extreme, mixed with power, politics and ideology, until sexual violence and horrific exploitation become the norm. I was a victim of such extremist-related sexual […]

FILM| Dear Terrorist, I Forgive You: Figen Murray
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FILM| Dear Terrorist, I Forgive You: Figen Murray

  “I have forgiven him.” Figen Murray is the mother of Martyn Hett, 29, a PR worker who was killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attacks in May 2017. 22 people were killed and 120 injured at the when Salman Abedi, 22, carried out a suicide bomb attack at the Ariane Grande concert. We ask […]

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.