It's gone beyond just that now. Effective education campaigns are required as much. Understanding female psychology is central to this.
Look simply put, you can wear all the kirpaans you want, if another community begins to feel that they can do whatever they want to your females with no serious repercussions, that's only going to (naturally) encourage more and more of them (and then others) to do this.
The underground one that led to Gurdwaras and Sikh channels finally facing up to the reality of Sikh girls being groomed. The one that was a precursor to orgs like the SYUK and SAS forming.
I'm not sure how streetwise guys are of the younger generation, but it's undeniable that the above issue that faced our community has now been taken to the wider community. How the masses of the newer lot react to it is yet to be seen. But now, no one can really deny that it is going on like in the past, and brush it off due to their cowardice or ignorance. And as a by product of this, the whole debate about raising females and female psychology has come to the fore.
To your last question, many younger males seem soft as shyte right now, but I notice that many are training and are infinitely more clued up to the importance of how we raise and treat females, and what they can be vulnerable/susceptible to. A lot of taboos have been smashed. I think a growing understanding of CP in DG has helped in this too.
At this point in time I believe that in the end, it's those who have that intrinsic lack of fear I spoke about earlier that will take things further.