Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention

By LAUREN ZINK

“…we need to highlight the fact that most men are not violent or abusive in their relationships. To these men I would say — speak out. Let it be known among your peers that you do not support or condone abuse. This is important, because men who use violence in their relationships often assume that the men they know do too. We need to change that belief system, and it’s other men who can most effectively get that message across. In some of the gang rapes we have heard about, many people knew what was happening, but chose not to intervene or get help. I know that it is not easy for men to step forward, but it can make a real difference.” – Lynn Rosenthal, first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women
 
 

Hollaback Atlanta’s Lauren Zink discusses the importance of male allies and responsible bystanders in the movement to end sexual violence: Let’s Hear it For the Boys

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  1. Enna says:

    Yes most men are normal and reasonable but a minority of men give the rest a bad name which isn’t fair on the reasonably behaved majority. Also men can be victims of street harrasement too.

    I have a Caribbean firend who has dreadlocks: he told me that one day he was walking down the street in broad daylight and a woman came up to him and plunged her fingers in his hair! He wasn’t impressed and was like “I’m not a bit of exoitica for your entertainment!” Now if he was flirting with her and she was flirting back or if she asked before she touched then that would be different. (NB when my firend flirts he is a gentleman not a pervert)

    We have to work together as human beings to defeat and disencourage street harresement as well as other “isms” like sexism and racism.

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