What You Can Do to End Sexualized Violence
Though we are not all perpetrators of sexualized violence, we all are bystanders. Here are things you can do everyday to end sexualized violence:
- Interrupt jokes and comments that are sexist, misogynistic, heterosexist, homophobic, and so on.
- Write a Letter to the Editor or an Opinion Editorial if the media coverage of a sexual assault is disrespectful, objectifying, or victim-blaming.
- Email complaints and concerns to advertising agencies, magazines, broadcasting companies, newspapers, and so on who participate in the production of images that degrade women and/or glorify violence.
- Email compliments to artists and public personalities who publicly take a stance against sexualized violence.
- Refuse to buy products whose advertisements promote the notion that women should or do get sexual pleasure from being dominated or aggressed against.
- Help dispel some commonly held myths about sexualized violence.
- Teach children to be respectful of one another and celebrate differences. Model for them that everyone has different skills and abilities that are based on their various backgrounds.
- Engage male allies. Explain that sexualized violence is not simply a women’s issue and that men play a key role in stopping sexualized violence.
- Learn more about the issues of sexualized violence and women’s equality.
~ adapted from Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation