Survivor of Westminster terror attack looks to combat radicalisation



Survivor of Westminster terror attack looks to combat radicalisation

by Henry James (November 2021)

AN Edge Hill student who survived the Westminster Bridge terror attack has launched a project to give a voice to the victims and survivors of terrorism and combat the rise in online radicalisation and increased extremist activity.

PhD History student Travis D Frain was on a trip to the Houses of Parliament in 2017 with 12 other Edge Hill students when he was hit by a 4X4 vehicle on Westminster Bridge.

He sustained a number of injuries requiring surgery and was in hospital for eight days.

He has now started the ‘Resilience in Unity Project’ while working from home during the Covid-19 lockdowns, with the aim of creating a platform for the testimonies of survivors of terrorism to act as a counter-narrative against extremism.

Throughout the pandemic, the 23-year old from Lancashire recorded video testimonies of more than 30 people affected by terrorist acts around the world, hailing from 15 different countries and affected by a range of ideologies.

Travis designed an online interactive mapping tool exhibiting these stories for use as a free resource to educate young people in schools on the impacts of terrorism and for use by practitioners on the frontlines of combatting radicalisation.

Travis said: “Survivors of terrorism can provide one of the strongest counter narratives possible against radicalisation, by dispelling the mistruths spread by extremists and demonstrating first-hand the very real effects of terrorism.

“Often victims are both willing and eager to assist efforts aimed at countering terrorism and preventing future attacks, they are simply not afforded the opportunity to do so.

“I’m proud that through the Resilience in Unity Project, we can amplify those voices and take the fight directly to the hate preachers and extremists that seek to divide us.”

The project, which has received the support of Counter Terrorism Policing UK, the National Emergencies Trust, and several victims’ organisations, was officially launched at an event in London attended by more than 200 guests.

The ‘Resilience in Unity Project’ is calling on the public to broaden education around the realities of terrorism and listen to those directly affected with the aim of building resilience within their own communities against extremism and radicalisation.

The platform is free and open to the public for use as a resource in lesson plans and presentations, and can be accessed by going to www.ResilienceinUnity.com



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