Sexual assault and harassment happens around us everyday. Not just your spouses, friends, or relatives. Regardless of gender and sexuality, there are people who
Stop standing by. Stand up and call out. Guy repeatedly asking the barista out despite her playing it off? Tell him to knock it off. Guy getting touched by girls and appears troubled? Break it off. Catcalled? Tell them it’s not a compliment and walk off.
If you don’t feel safe to call it out or break it up, call authorities or a nearby friend to help you. Carry a weapon around: a brass knuckle, pepper spray, an alarm, a small knife, or even a concealed carry. Protect yourself and watch yourself. If you’re a man or passing male, you might not need a weapon.
To abusers, harassers, and others: if you are called out or told to quit it, then consider why and knock it off. Imagine being pestered and/or forced to do something you don’t want. Imagine minding your own business on a city street and a complete stranger calls out wanting to fuck you. Imagine being incapacitated and a friend of yours decides to have their way with you.
No means no. Recognize these behaviors and actions. Quit it.
Call out your abusers. Make them understand or meet consequences for their actions. If you cannot, find other ways.
Stop hurting people. Regardless of if they’re a stranger or a spouse.
Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
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