New York Initiative
The New York Initiative (NYI) is a citizen infrastructure group dedicated to protecting sex workers in New York City from the Long Island Serial Killer. Their emphasis appears to be on providing the workers with services, rather than physical presence.
- email: NYInitiativespam@spamgmailspam.spamcom
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkInitiative
- a set of specific instructions for safe dating, using a friend as emergency backup
- for those with no friend available, they provide the following:
- a phone number to call
- a set of code words and numbers (to signal danger without necessarily tipping off a dangerous date)
- practical martial arts training
- improvised weapons training (e.g. pens, phones, keys)
All of their services are provided free of charge.
Wikipedia: no information as of 2011-04-29
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- 2011-04-26 [Talk|Index] Real-Life Superheroes Offer Sex Workers Protection From the Long Island Serial Killer § “Real life superhero vigilantes in New York – the New York Initiative – have decided to step in and have sworn to do everything they can to protect sex workers from the Long Island Serial Killer. They are offering brute-force, no questions asked protection – because they believe police are inadequate...”
- 2011-04-22 [Talk|Index] New York Initiative (Our 'Real' Superheroes) Want to Help Pretty Ladies NOT Get Killed by Long Island Killer § “Remember when we told you about the Real Life Superheroes, the New York Initiative? Then there was a documentary about them? Well, now they have some advice (and protection, natch) for ladies out there who may be worried they will get killed...”
- 2011-04-16 [Talk|Index] To all Ladies: Free Protection and Safety System, (Long Island Killer) – m4w – 29 (NYC) § This is the New York Initiative's Craig's List ad offering assistance to New York City sex workers in defending themselves from the Long Island Serial Killer.
- 2010-07-13 [Talk|Index] Brooklyn's Own Superheroes § “The New York Initiative is a splinter group from a worldwide movement of people calling themselves Real Life Superheroes (RLSHs), who adopt costumed personas of their own invention and take a number of approaches to the concept. It may seem like mere role-playing ... but this growing cohort take their responsibility to do good seriously.”